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NASA will provide updated coverage of future pre-launch and launch activities for the SpaceX Crew-2 astronaut mission at the International Space Station. The launch is now scheduled for 5:49 a.m. EDT on Friday, April 23, at Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, due to adverse weather conditions forecast along Thursday’s flight path.

This is the second SpaceX Crew Dragon crew flight and the first with two international partners. The flight follows certification by NASA for regular flights to the space station as part of the agency’s Commercial Crew Program.

Dragon Crew is scheduled to dock at the space station around 5:10 a.m. Saturday, April. 24. The pre-launch, launch and docking activities will be broadcast live on NASA Television, the NASA application and the agency’s website.

Crew-2 will carry NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur – who will serve as the spacecraft’s commander and mission pilot, respectively – along with JAXA (Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency) astronaut Akihiko Hoshide and ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut ) Thomas Pesquet, who will serve as mission specialists at the space station for a six-month scientific mission.

The deadline has passed for the accreditation of the media for the personal coverage of this release. More information about media accreditation is available by email:

All media participation in subsequent press conferences will be removed, unless specified below, and only a limited number of media will be hosted at Kennedy due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) . Please note that the facilities of the Kennedy Press Site will remain closed throughout these events for the protection of Kennedy employees and journalists, except for a limited number of previously accredited materials.

The coverage of NASA’s SpaceX Crew-2 mission is as follows (always to the east):

Friday, April 23

1:30 – NASA Television launch coverage begins. NASA television will have continuous coverage, including docking, hatch opening and the welcoming ceremony.

7:30 am (approximately) – Post-launch press conference with the following participants:

  • Steve Jurczyk, interim NASA administrator
  • Kathy Lueders, Associate Administrator, Exploration and Human Operations Mission, NASA Headquarters
  • Steve Stich, manager, NASA’s Commercial Crew Program
  • Hiroshi Sasaki, Vice President and General Manager, JAXA Human Spaceflight Technology Directorate
  • Frank de Winne, manager, International Space Station Program, ESA
  • Representative SpaceX

The media can only ask questions over the phone. For the call number and access code, please contact the Kennedy editorial office by 7 am on Thursday, April 22.

Saturday, April 24

5:10 – Docking

7:15 am – Hatch opening

7:45 – Welcome ceremony from the International Space Station with the following participants:

  • Steve Jurczyk, interim NASA administrator
  • Kathy Lueders, Associate Administrator, Exploration and Human Operations Mission, NASA Headquarters
  • Hiroshi Yamakawa, President, JAXA
  • Josef Aschbacher, General Manager, ESA

Coverage of NASA TV launch

NASA TV’s live coverage will begin at 1:30 p.m. For information, programs and links to NASA TV streaming, visit:

Only the sound of the press conferences and the coverage of the launch will be broadcast on NASA “V” circuits, which can be accessed by calling 321-867-1220, -1240, -1260 or -7135. On launch day, the “audio mission,” countdown activities without NASA TV launch comments, will be held on 321-867-7135.

On the day of the launch, a “clean feed” of the launch without NASA TV comments will take place on the NASA TV media channel. The launch will also be available on the local amateur radio frequency VHF 146,940 MHz and on the UHF radio frequency 444,925 MHz, heard in Brevard County on the space coast.

Coverage of the launch of the NASA site

On launch day, coverage of the NASA SpaceX Crew-2 mission will be available on the agency’s website. Coverage will include real-time streaming and blog updates starting no earlier than 1:30 a.m. Friday, April 23, as the countdown stages appear. Video on demand and launch photos on demand will be available shortly after take-off. For questions about reverse count coverage, contact Kennedy at: 321-867-2468. Watch the countdown coverage on our launch blog at:

Public participation

NASA invites the public to take part in virtual activities and events before launch. Members of the public can virtually participate in the launch, receiving mission updates and opportunities normally reserved for on-site guests.

NASA’s virtual launch experience for Crew-2 includes clean launch resources, a digital boarding pass, notifications about NASA’s social interactions, and the opportunity for a virtual launch passport stamp after a successful launch.

Sign up for email or RSVP updates at the Facebook social media update event to stay up-to-date on mission information, mission highlights, and interaction opportunities.

Print, fold and get ready to fill out your virtual launch passport. The stamps will be sent by e-mail after the launches to all registered virtual participants by e-mail through Eventbrite.

Involve children and students in virtual and hands-on activities that are both family and educational through the STEM Next Gen commercial crew.

Follow and interact on social networks

Stay connected to the mission on social media via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using the hashtag #LaunchAmerica. Track and tag these accounts:

NASA will provide a live video stream of the 39A launch complex approximately 48 hours before the planned launch of the Crew-2 mission. In anticipation of unlikely technical problems, the flow will be uninterrupted until the pre-launch begins on NASA TV, approximately four hours before launch.

Once the stream is active, it will be available here:

Be sure to visit NASA en Espanol Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube for more Spanish coverage on Crew-2.

For more information on Spanish coverage at the Kennedy Space Center and to request Spanish interviews, contact Kristina Irastorza 321-607-4073 and Antonia Jaramillo 321-501-8425.

NASA’s commercial crew program has achieved its goal of safely, reliably and cost-effectively transporting to and from the United States International Space Station through a partnership with US private industry. This partnership changes the arc of human spaceflight history by opening up access to Earth’s low orbit and the International Space Station for more people, more science and more business opportunities. The space station remains the springboard to NASA’s next big leap in space exploration, including future missions to the moon and, finally, to Mars.

For the NASA launch blog and more information about the mission, visit: