Late-Night Launch for Crew-4 Mission

Apr 28, 2022 | Crewed Space, Daily Space, NASA, SpaceX

IMAGE: The astronauts of SpaceX’s Crew-4 mission for NASA, from left: NASA’s Jessica Watkins, Bob Hines and Kjell Lindgren and Samantha Cristoforetti of the European Space Agency. They’re backdropped by their SpaceX Dragon capsule, which they named “Freedom.” CREDIT: SpaceX

On April 27 at 07:52 UTC, a SpaceX Falcon 9 launched the Crew-4 mission towards the International Space Station (ISS).

Onboard Crew Dragon Freedom were three NASA astronauts – Kjell Lindgren, Jessica Watkins, and Bob Hines – and one ESA astronaut, Italian Samantha Cristoforetti. This was Bob and Jessica’s first flight into space and Kjell and Samantha’s 2nd. As we mentioned yesterday, Freedom is the last new-build Crew Dragon. The booster, 1067, was on its 4th flight – a record for crewed flights.

This mission comes right after the end of the Ax-1 mission also to the ISS. Crew-4 was delayed because Ax-1 was taking up its docking port. Once Crew-4 arrives at the ISS, Crew-3, also on a Crew Dragon, will hand the ISS over to them and their Russian crewmates and come back to Earth.

More Information

SpaceX mission page

Launch video


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