NASA, SpaceX Invite Media to First Crew Launch to Station from America Since 2011


NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken familiarize themselves with SpaceXs Crew Dragon
NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken familiarize themselves with SpaceXs Crew Dragon, the spacecraft that will transport them to the International Space Station as part of NASAs Commercial Crew Program. Their upcoming flight test is known as Demo-2, short for Demonstration Mission 2. The Crew Dragon will launch on SpaceXs Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A at NASAs Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
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Media accreditation is open for NASAs SpaceX Demo-2 flight test, which will send two astronauts to the International Space Station as part of the agencys Commercial Crew Program. This mission will be the return of human spaceflight launch capabilities to the United States and the first launch of American astronauts aboard an American rocket and spacecraft since the final space shuttle mission on July 8, 2011.

SpaceXs Falcon 9 rocket will launch Crew Dragon, with NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley aboard the spacecraft, from Launch Complex 39A at NASAs Kennedy Space Center in Florida. NASA and SpaceX are currently targeting no earlier than mid-to-late May for launch.

This second demonstration mission of the Crew Dragon spacecraft is another end-to-end flight test of SpaceXs human spaceflight system, which will include launch, docking, splashdown and recovery operations. It is the final flight test of the system before SpaceX is certified to carry out operational crew flights to and from the space station for NASA.

Media accreditation deadlines are as follows:

International media without U.S. citizenship must apply by 4 p.m. EDT Friday, April 17.

U.S. media must apply by 4 p.m. Friday, April 24.

All accreditation requests should be submitted online at:

https://media.ksc.nasa.gov

NASA is proactively monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation as it evolves. The agency will continue to follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the agencys chief health and medical officer and communicate any updates that may impact mission planning or media access, as they become available.

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