By Emily McLeod Sulkes
NASA’s Kennedy Space Center
NASA invites the public to take part in virtual activities and events ahead of the agency’s SpaceX Crew-2 mission. Liftoff of the Crew Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket with astronauts is targeted for no earlier than 6:11 a.m. EDT Thursday, April 22, from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
NASA’s SpaceX Crew-2 mission will carry NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur – who will serve as the mission’s spacecraft commander and pilot, respectively – along with Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Akihiko Hoshide and ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Thomas Pesquet, who will serve as mission specialists.
The crew is scheduled to work aboard the International Space Station through the fall of 2021, conducting science research in areas such as medical technology, human health, and materials to benefit life on Earth.
Members of the public can attend the launch virtually, receiving mission updates and opportunities normally reserved for on-site guests. NASA’s virtual guest experience for Crew-2 includes curated launch resources, a behind-the-scenes look at the mission, notifications about NASA social interactions, and the opportunity for a virtual launch passport stamp following a successful launch.
Organizations hosting launch-focused events are also encouraged to register and let NASA know that you’re doing so. This would include school groups, museums, or even colleagues watching together! If you plan to gather in person with others to watch the launch, NASA recommends following all Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines and local rules regarding COVID-19.
Members of the public and organizations can share in the journey through a variety of activities, including:
Virtual Launch Passport
Watch and Engage on Social Media
Stay connected with the mission on social media, and let people know you’re following Crew-2 on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram using the hashtag #LaunchAmerica. Follow and tag these accounts:
- Twitter: @NASA, @Commercial_Crew, @Space_Station, @NASAKennedy
- Facebook: NASA, NASACommercialCrew, ISS Facebook, Kennedy Space Center
- Instagram: NASA, ISS Instagram, NASAKennedy
Click here to find out more about the Crew-2 mission.