NASA, SpaceX Invite Media to Next Commercial Crew Launch


Photo of Megan McArthur, Thomas Pesquet, Akihiko Hoshide, and Shane Kimbrough
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Pictured from left are NASA astronaut Megan McArthur, ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Thomas Pesquet, JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) astronaut Akihiko Hoshide, and NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough.
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Media accreditation is now open for NASAs SpaceX Crew-2 mission to the International Space Station. This is the second crew rotation flight with astronauts on the Crew Dragon spacecraft and the first launch with two international partners as part of the agencys Commercial Crew Program.

The launch, on a Falcon 9 rocket, is targeted for no earlier than Thursday, April 22, from Launch Complex 39A at NASAs Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

NASAs SpaceX Crew-2missionwill carry NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough andMegan McArthur whowill serve as the missions spacecraft commander and pilot, respectively along with JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) astronautAkihikoHoshideand ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut ThomasPesquet, whowill serve as mission specialists.

After successfully docking at the space station, the astronauts of Crew-2 will join the Expedition 65 crew aboard the orbital outpost, including theCrew-1 astronautsstill aboard. The Crew-1 astronauts are targeted for return in late April or early May.

Media accreditation deadlines for Crew-2 are as follows (all times Eastern):

  • International media without U.S. citizenship must apply by 4 p.m. Monday, March 15.
  • U.S. media must apply by 4 p.m. Monday, March 22.

All accreditation requests should be submitted online at:

https://media.ksc.nasa.gov

NASA continues to monitor developments related to the coronavirus pandemic, and Kennedy will grant access to only a limited number of media to protect the health and safety of media and employees.Due to COVID-19 safety restrictions at Kennedy, international media coming from overseas must followquarantine requirements.

NASA will follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the agencys chief health and medical officer and will immediately communicate any updates that may affect media access for this launch.

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