American, Japanese and European astronauts to land at KSC Friday day
NASA’s SpaceX Crew-2 astronauts are envisioned during a training session in the SpaceX training center in Hawthorne, California.
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — Four astronauts from three nations came at Kennedy Space Center Friday before the launching to a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket under a week off.
They landed on the Launch and Landing Center, known as the old shuttle headquarters, at Merritt Island.
The astronauts were greeted by Kennedy Space Center Director Bob Cabana, in Addition to other representative in NASA, ESA and JAXA.
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The astronauts compose the Crew-2 assignment launch on SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spaceship nicknamed Endeavour. Exactly the identical spacecraft launched McArthur’s husband, Bob Behnken and fellow NASA Astronaut Doug Hurley, on the very first SpaceX astronaut mission to the ISS past August.
The launch is now scheduled for Thursday, April 22 at 6:11 a.m. from Kennedy Space Center launchpad 39A. The astronauts will spend half a year working and living around the ISS.
Also on Thursday, directors from NASA and SpaceX cleared the Falcon rocket and Dragon capsule for liftoff after a flight readiness review. NASA’s global partners with ESA and JAXA also participate in the FRR.
“Looking back, it’s really, really astonishing what both SpaceX and NASA teams have realized,” NASA’s mind of human spaceflight Kathy Lueders stated as SpaceX prepares to start its third team in under a year.
SpaceX said it has to solve 1 problem ahead of conducting a test firing at the launching pad this weekend. It seems the company was loading more liquid oxygen to its first-stage boosters than expected, and engineers wish to create “extra specific ” that poses no security dangers, said Bill Gerstenmaier, a brand new SpaceX vice president that was able to work for NASA.
Endeavour and Falcon 9 have been scheduled to be rolled out into the mat Friday ahead of launching.