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SpaceX to launch NASA Crew-4 astronauts to the International Space Station


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NASA will send four astronauts to the International Space Station on Wednesday morning aboard a SpaceX rocket dubbed “Freedom”.

The SpaceX Crew-4 astronaut mission is scheduled to launch at 3:52 a.m. ET from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. It is expected to arrive at the ISS at 8:15 p.m. ET.

The launch will be broadcast live on NASA TV.

SpaceX Crew-4 astronauts, from left, Pilot Bob Hines, Mission Specialist Jessica Watkins, Commander Kjell Lindgren and European Space Agency astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti of Italy wave as they they depart the Operations and Checkout Building for a trip to Launch Complex 39- A Wednesday, April 27, 2022, at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. The four astronauts will fly to the International Space Station. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
(AP Photo/John Raoux)

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SpaceX to launch NASA Crew-4 astronauts to the International Space Station

A SpaceX Falcon rocket sits on Launch Complex 39A Tuesday, April 26, 2022, at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Four astronauts are scheduled to fly on SpaceX’s mission to the International Space Station on Wednesday morning. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)
(AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

Aboard the spacecraft will be three NASA astronauts, including Mission Commander Kjell Lindgren, Pilot Bob Hines, Mission Specialist Jessica Watkins and European Space Agency Mission Specialist Samantha Cristoforetti, NASA said. .

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SpaceX to launch NASA Crew-4 astronauts to the International Space Station

SpaceX Crew-4 astronauts, left to right, Mission Specialist Jessica Watkins, Pilot Bob Hines, Commander Kjell Lindgren and Mission Specialist, European Space Agency Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, of Italy , gather after departing the Operations and Checkout Building for a trip to Launch Complex 39-A on Wednesday, April 27, 2022 at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The four astronauts will fly on SpaceX’s Crew-4 mission to the International Space Station. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
(AP Photo/John Raoux)

The crew is the fourth to fly on a SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft and a Falcon 9 rocket, according to NASA. This is the fifth SpaceX flight with NASA astronauts.

The mission was delayed from last weekend because another mission splashdown was delayed by rough seas, according to Space.com.

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