SpaceX Crew-2 is the second crewed operational flight of a Crew Dragon spacecraft, and its third overall crewed orbital flight. It is the first-ever crew propelled into orbit by a rocket booster recycled from a previous spaceflight.
The mission launched on 23 April 2021 at 09:49:02 UTC (3:19 IST).
Elon Musk-owned commercial rocket firm SpaceX along with the NASA, Friday launched four astronauts into the International Space Station (ISS). During Crew Dragon’s flight, SpaceX will command the spacecraft from its mission control center in Hawthorne, California, and NASA teams will monitor space station operations throughout the flight from Mission Control Center at the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.
The mission consists of four astronauts namely, NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur, JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) astronaut Akihiko Hoshide and ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Thomas Pesquet. The launch took place at 5:49 am EDT (3:19 pm IST) on Friday from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
The four astronauts of the Crew-2 mission will be joining the four members of the Crew-1 mission and spend about five days together on ISS before the Crew-1 team returns to Earth. The Crew-1 mission was sent to ISS in November last year.
The Crew-2 members are expected to spend about six months aboard the orbiting space laboratory conducting science experiments and maintenance before returning to Earth after October 31.
Astronauts spend their time unlocking Discoveries not possible on EARTH. Using Micro-gravity to conduct science that will benefit us on ground. Experiments gonna be consisting of BIOLOGY, MATERIAL SCIENCE, FLUID MECHANICS and even METABOL experiments. And experiments that we cannot do on Earth’s Gravity.
The orbiting laboratory will also provide the perfect place to study our EARTH from 250 miles above its surface. Astronauts make critical observations of natural disasters and how human-caused activities change Earth’s landscape.