SpaceX is ready to launch the fourth operational crewed NASA mission to the International Space Station (ISS) as part of the Commercial Crew Program, known as Crew-4. The program is dedicated to maintaining rotational crew at the ISS launched from American soil. SpaceX returned human spaceflight capabilities to the United States in 2020, NASA depended on Russia to launch astronauts to the ISS for nearly a decade.
On Wednesday, April 27, SpaceX will launch Crew-4 NASA astronauts Kjell Lindgren, Robert Hines, and Jessica Watkins, who will share a ride with European Space Agency (ESA) Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti aboard a brand-new Crew Dragon spacecraft they named ‘Freedom’. "The name celebrates a fundamental human right, and the industry and innovation that emanate from the unencumbered human spirit,” said Lindgren, the commander of the Crew-4 mission.
Meet our @SpaceX #Crew4 before our overnight launch coverage begins at midnight ET (4:00 UTC).— NASA (@NASA) April 26, 2022
The astronauts spent every day for months together preparing for any obstacle—which may just be surviving one another’s bad jokes.
Live launch broadcast: https://t.co/cdxWseYBCZ pic.twitter.com/oBs3FuGYKq
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