Editor’s Note: This announcement was updated on Wednesday, April 21, to update the list of participants in the post-launch press conference on Friday, April 23.
Editor’s Note: This announcement updates the original announcement aired on April 9, 2021.
NASA will provide the latest reports on pre-launch and launch activities for the agency’s upcoming SpaceX Crew2 mission with astronauts to the International Space Station. Due to forecasts of unfavorable weather conditions along the flight path on Thursday, the target for this launch is Friday, April 23 at 5:49 a.m. Eastern time, from Launch Site 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
This is the second rotational flight for the SpaceX Crew Dragon crew and the first flight with two international partners. As part of the agency’s commercial crew program, the flight followed NASA’s certification for regular flights to the space station. The
Crew Dragon is scheduled to dock at the space station around 5:10 in the morning. Saturday in April. 24. The pre-launch, launch and docking activities will be broadcast live on NASA TV, NASA apps, and agency websites. The
Crew2 flight will carry NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur, who will serve as the spacecraft commander and pilot of the mission respectively, and the astronauts JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency)
Akihiko Hoshide and ESA (European Space Agency) Aerospace Thomas Pesquet, they will serve as space station mission experts for a six-month scientific mission.
The deadline for media accreditation for face-to-face reporting of this press release has passed. You can learn more about media accreditation by sending an email: kscmediaaccreditat@mail.nasa.gov.
All media will participate remotely in subsequent press conferences, unless specifically listed below, and due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID19) pandemic, only a few media will remain at Kennedy. Please note that Kennedy’s news site facilities will be closed during these events to protect Kennedy employees and reporters, except for a limited number of pre-approved media.
NASA’s SpaceX Crew2 mission coverage is as follows (all ET):
Friday, April 23
1:30 a.m.-NASA TV’s launch report begins. NASA TV will report continuously, including docking, hatch opening and welcome ceremony.
7:30 am (approximately)-Post-launch press conference with the following participants:
Steve Jurczyk, NASA Acting Director
Kathy Lueders, NASA Headquarters Human Exploration and Operations Mission Agency Deputy Director
Steve Stich, NASA Department of Commerce Manager Crew Program
Hiroshi Sasaki, Vice President and CEO of JAXA Manned Space Flight Technology Council
Frank de Winne, Project Manager of the International Space Station, ESA
SpaceX on behalf of
Media can only ask questions by phone. To obtain the dial-in number and access code, please contact the Kennedy Newsroom no later than 7 am on Thursday, April 22.
Saturday April 24
7:15-Hatch opening
7:45-International Space Station welcome ceremony with the following participants:
Steve Jurczyk, Acting NASA Director
Kathy Lueders, Deputy Director, Human NASA Headquarters Exploration and Operations Mission Council
Hiroshi Yamakawa, JAXA President
Josef Aschbacher, ESA CEO
NASA TV Launch Report
NASA TV live broadcast will begin at 1:30 AM to get NASA TV downlink information, schedule and streaming links For video, please visit:
. Press conferences and reports. Audio-only transmissions will take place on NASA’s “V” circuit, which can be accessed by dialing 3218671220, 1240, 1260 or 7135. On the day of launch, “Mission Audio”, a countdown event without gun reviews, NASA TV, they will arrive at 3218677135.
On launch day, NASA’s television media channel will broadcast the “clean” launch without NASA television commentary. The transmissions will also be available on the local amateur VHF radio frequency of 146.940 MHz and the UHF radio frequency of 444.925 MHz, which are heard in Brevard County on the Space Coast.
NASA Website Launch Report The
launch day report for NASA’s SpaceX Crew2 mission will be available on the agency’s website. As the countdown milestone occurs, reports will include live streams and blog updates starting no earlier than 1:30 a.m. Friday, April 23. Video-on-demand streaming and launch photos will be provided shortly after launch. For questions about the countdown report, please contact the Kennedy Newsroom: 3218672468. Follow the countdown report on our release blog:
Public Participation
NASA invites the public to participate in virtual events and pre-launch events. The public can virtually attend the press conference, receive task updates and opportunities that are usually reserved for site visitors. Crew2’s
NASA virtual launch experience includes selected launch assets, digital boarding passes, notifications about NASA’s social interactions, and the opportunity to obtain a virtual launch passport stamp after a successful launch.
Sign up for email updates or reply to Facebook events to receive social media updates to learn about the latest mission information, mission highlights, and participation opportunities.
Print, fold and get ready to fill out your virtual launch passport. The stamps will be emailed to all virtual attendees who signed up through Eventbrite by email after posting.
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Watch and Get Involved on Social Media
Use the #LaunchAmerica hashtag via Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to stay in touch with missions on social media. Follow and tag these accounts:
Twitter: @NASA, @Commercial_Crew, @Space_Station, @NASAKennedy
Facebook: NASA, NASA Commercial Crew, ISS Facebook, Kennedy Space Center
Instagram: NASA, ISS Instagram, NASA Kennedy
NASA will provide the Live streaming video of Launch Complex 39A approximately 48 hours prior to the Crew2 mission’s scheduled departure. Due to unlikely technical issues, the broadcast will not be interrupted approximately four hours before launch, before the pre-launch broadcast begins on NASA TV. Once broadcast
goes live, it will be available here:
Be sure to check out NASA en Español on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube for more Spanish coverage of Crew2. Chapter


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