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NASA, SpaceX to launch Crew-4 mission to International Space Station

NASA, SpaceX to launch Crew-4 mission to International Space Station

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The Crew-4 mission will launch to the International Space Station (ISS) no earlier than April 23, NASA said in a press release.

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The date provides the agencies time to complete final prelaunch processing for the Crew-4 mission following the launch of the Axiom Mission 1 to the ISS on April 8, the release said.

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NASA will conduct a flight readiness review on Friday, which will focus on the preparedness of SpaceX's crew transportation system, the ISS, and its international partners supporting the flight, the release said.

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If the launch is delayed on April 23, the crew will have opportunities to launch April 24 and April 25 as well, the release said.

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The Crew-4 mission will take NASA astronauts Kjell Lindgren, Bob Hines and Jessica Watkins, as well as European Space Agency astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, to the ISS on the Falcon 9 rocket bearing the Crew Dragon capsule

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The rocket will be launched from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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