On April 23, 2021, another SpaceX rocket was launched with a mission to reach the International Space Station. Aboard the spacecraft were four astronauts, who will spend six months on the ISS, learning more about how gravity affects all living things!
From left to right, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Akihiko Hoshide, NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur, and ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Thomas Pesquet pose for a photo after arriving at the Launch and Landing Facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center ahead of SpaceX’s Crew-2 mission, on Friday, April 16, 2021, in Florida.
NASA’s SpaceX Crew-2 mission is the second operational mission of the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket to the International Space Station as part of the agency’s Commercial Crew Program. Kimbrough, McArthur, Pesquet, and Hoshide are scheduled to launch at 6:11 a.m. ET on Thursday, April 22, from Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center. To see more photos from the 2021 SpaceX launch, check out the rest of the photos in this gallery!