NASA astronauts arrive in Florida ahead of next week’s launch

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THE LANDER WILL CARRY TWO AMERICAN ASTRONAUTS TO THE SURFACE OF THE MOON. IF YOU’D LIKE TO WATCH THIS IN FULL, HEAD TO OUR WEBSITE, WESH.COM. MEREDITH: FOUR ASTRONAUTS WHO’LL BE THE FIRST TO LAUNCH IN A USED SPACE CAPSULE HAVE ARRIVED IN CENTRAL FLORIDA FOR THE MISSION. SUMMER: THE ROCKET WAS RECENTLY MOVED FROM THE SPACE CENTER TO THE CAPE. WESH 2’S DAN BILLOW IS AT THE KENNEDY SPACE CENTER. WHAT ARE THE ASTRONAUTS SAYING TODAY? DAN: THEY’RE SAYING IT ALL STARTS TO FEEL VERY REAL WHEN YOU FLY RIGHT OVER THE ROCKET THAT’S TAKING YOU INTO SPACE. THERE IS BEHIND US, ON LAUNCH PAD 309A IT IS LYING HORIZONTALLY, ABOUT TO BE LIFTED TO VERTICAL. >> WE GOT TO FLY BY THE PAD AND SEE OUR ROCKET GETTING READY TO GO. IT IS JUST AN AMAZING FEELING. THERE’S NOTHING LIKE IT WHEN YOU LOOK OUT THE WINDOW AND SEE A SPACESHIP GETTING PREPARED AND REALIZE YOU’RE GOING TO BE RIDING ON IT IN A FEW DAYS. DAN: MEGAN MCARTHUR TWEETED A PICTURE OF THAT VIEW. SHE HAS A SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP WITH THE CREW DRAGON CAPSULE THAT’LL BE LAUNCHED BY THE FALCON 9 ROCKET. HER HUSBAND, BOB BEHNKEN, FLEW IN THE SAME CAPSULE LAST YEAR, WHEN HE AND DOUG HURLEY BECAME THE FIRST ASTRONAUTS TO LAUNCH FROM THE SPACE COAST IN NINE YEARS. FOR THIS MISSION MCARTHUR HAS , THREE CREWMATES — COMMANDER SHANE KIMBROUGH, AKI HOSHIDE FROM JAPAN, AND THOMAS PESQUET FROM FRANCE. THEY’RE TAKING OVER FROM FOUR ASTRONAUTS WHO FLEW UP ON THE SECOND COMMERCIAL CREW LAUNCH IN NOVEMBER. THEY’LL LIVE ON THE SPACE STATION FOR ABOUT SIX MONTHS, A LONG TIME TO BE CONFINED WITH THE SAME PEOPLE IN A FLOATING CAN. ALREADY, THEY’RE PRETTY COMFORTABLE WITH KIDDING EACH OTHER. >> I’LL ASK YOU TO NOTICE MEGAN’S SHOES IF YOU HAVEN’T DONE SO YET. THEY’RE PRETTY AWESOME AND THERE WAS TALK OF US ALL WEARING THE SAME SHOES, BUT FOR SOME REASON SHE WAS OUTVOTED. DAN: THOSE SHOES ARE EXTREMELY SPARKLY. THERE’S A PICTURE OF THOSE ON MY TWITTER PAGE. THE ROCKETS, OVERNIGHT AFTER IS HIS STOOD UP, WE’LL HAVE A TEST FIRING AT 6:11 TOMORROW MORNING, AT THE SAME TIME AS LAUNCH TIME NEXT THURSDAY, AND THERE WILL BE A COUNTDOWN

Astronauts arrive in Cape Canaveral ahead of next week’s launch Astronauts who’ll fly to the space station next week went right over their launch pad Friday when they arrived at the Kennedy Space Center for the mission.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — On that pad is the same Falcon 9 rocket that launched four astronauts last November, and the same capsule that launched two astronauts last May. This will be the first time astronauts have flown on rockets that have already been used before.

Astronauts who’ll fly to the space station next week went right over their launch pad Friday when they arrived at the Kennedy Space Center for the mission. On that pad is the same Falcon 9 rocket that launched four astronauts last November, and the same capsule that launched two astronauts last May. This will be the first time astronauts have flown on rockets that have already been used before. They don’t seem to have any hesitancy on trusting SpaceX with their lives. “It’s definitely getting real. Our crew is extremely well trained by NASA, SpaceX and the international teams, so we are really excited,” said astronaut Shane Kimbrough. The two Americans, one French and one Japanese are scheduled to blast off for the International Space Station next Thursday, which is Earth Day. Officials said Friday that’s a coincidence and a reminder of NASA’s core mission of studying the home planet. The rocket will be test-fired early Saturday morning, as the astronauts will participate in a practice countdown. The launch is next Thursday at 6:11 a.m. You can watch it live on WESH.com.

Updated: 5:58 PM EDT Apr 16, 2021

“It’s definitely getting real. Our crew is extremely well trained by NASA, SpaceX and the international teams, so we are really excited,” said astronaut Shane Kimbrough. They don’t seem to have any hesitancy on trusting SpaceX with their lives.

Source The two Americans, one French and one Japanese are scheduled to blast off for the International Space Station next Thursday, which is Earth Day. Officials said Friday that’s a coincidence and a reminder of NASA’s core mission of studying the home planet. The rocket will be test-fired early Saturday morning, as the astronauts will participate in a practice countdown. The launch is next Thursday at 6:11 a.m. You can watch it live on WESH.com.

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