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NASA, SpaceX delay Crew-4 launch to April 20 due to busy space schedule

NASA, SpaceX delay Crew-4 launch to April 20 due to busy space schedule

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The upcoming SpaceX Crew-4 mission is set to fly a crew of three NASA astronauts and one European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut to the International Space Station

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However, as Steve Stich, the manager of NASA's Commercial Crew Program at the agency's Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Texas shared during a news conference today

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, the launch for Crew-4 has been moved from April 19 to April 20.

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This will allow more time between this mission and Axiom Space's Ax-1 mission, which will launch a private astronaut crew to the station aboard a SpaceX Dragon capsule on April 6, Stich said.

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"Because of the complexity of the Axiom mission and where we're at with Crew-4 preparations," Stich said during the news conference

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"We are in the midst of an extremely busy spring," Dana Weigel, deputy manager for NASA's International Space Station program at JSC

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