Crew reaches space station on board recycled SpaceX capsule

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Who are the astronauts on spacex?

The crew is composed of NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur as well as Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Akihiko Hoshide and European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Thomas Pesquet. ABC NewsSpaceX launches 4 astronauts to ISS on recycled rocket and capsule

When does spacex dock with ISS?

SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft Endeavour docks with the International Space Station on April 24, 2021. The second operational SpaceX crew mission arrived at the International Space Station early on Saturday morning, carrying four astronauts for a six month stay in space. CNBCTwo SpaceX crew spacecraft are now docked to the space station, as the Crew-2 mission arrives

What time did the spacex rocket launch today?

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched from Cape Canaveral, Fla., at 5:49 a.m. Washington PostSpaceX rocket launch stuns East Coast skywatchers

What time did spacex launch this morning?

SpaceX launched four astronauts to the International Space Station early Friday morning, marking the Elon Musk-led company's second regular flight there with humans aboard. The launch took place 5:49 a.m. Eastern time from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Los Angeles TimesSpaceX launches astronauts to space station

The three men and one woman crew from the United States, Japan and France reached the ISS early on Saturday morning after a 23-hour journey.

They reached the ISS in the same capsule used by SpaceX’s debut crew last May.

“Their arrival means there are now 11 humans aboard our orbiting laboratory, a number not seen since the space shuttle era. Hugs abound,” NASA tweeted, alongside a video of the welcome the new crew of astronauts received.

"Endeavour arriving!" Welcome to the @Space_Station, Crew-2!

Their arrival means there are now 11 humans aboard our orbiting laboratory, a number not seen since the space shuttle era. Hugs abound. pic.twitter.com/uSwW3JFl6K

— NASA (@NASA) April 24, 2021

Endeavour locked on to a docking port shortly after 09:00 GMT about 420km (260 miles) above the south Indian Ocean, NASA said in a statement.

On board were two NASA astronauts – mission commander Shane Kimbrough, 53, and pilot Megan McArthur, 49 – along with Japanese astronaut Akihiko Hoshide, 52, and fellow mission specialist Thomas Pesquet, 43, a French engineer from the European Space Agency.

The crew is conducting a six-month science mission on the ISS, NASA said.

“It’s been 20 years … since JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency), and ESA (European Space Agency), and NASA and Russian astronauts have been together in space, so it’s actually pretty historic what’s happening today,” said Pesquet, the astronaut from France.

“We can’t wait to start our work on the space station, we can’t wait to see what’s ahead on the adventure for us.”

The mission marks the second “operational” space station team launched by NASA on board a Crew Dragon capsule since human spaceflights resumed from US soil last year after a nine-year hiatus.

It is also the third crewed flight launched into orbit in 11 months under NASA’s fledgling public-private partnership with SpaceX, the rocket company founded in 2002 by Elon Musk, CEO of electric car maker Tesla Inc.

The crew first ever to be propelled towards orbit by a rocket booster recycled from a previous spaceflight.

Four astronauts are set to lift off from the US state of Florida on Thursday headed to the International Space Station.

The first-ever all-civilian mission to space is sponsored by Jared Isaacman and is set to take flight this fall.

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Meet Guin Guin, The Fluffy Penguin Toy Crew Member of The Recent SpaceX Launch

ScienceAlert 24 April, 2021 - 06:00pm

At 0949 UTC (5:49 am ET) Friday, a multinational squad of four astronauts left Earth aboard SpaceX's Crew Dragon spaceship, kicking off a NASA-funded mission called Crew-2.

"Now we have a fifth crew member," one of the astronauts, Akihiko Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, explained during a live video tour of Crew Dragon in space.

The plushie appears about four minutes into the NASA video below.

The four Crew-2 astronauts – Hoshide, Thomas Pesquet of the European Space Agency, and Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur of NASA – brought Guin Guin into Crew Dragon hours before the launch.

NASA's live coverage of the Crew-2 mission began at 1:30 am ET Friday, as the astronauts got suited up in their SpaceX spacesuits. After that, they said goodbye to their families, drove to the launchpad, ascended the launch tower, and climbed aboard the spaceship.

The penguin waited patiently for its time to shine. About 12 minutes following the launch, at 6:01 am ET, the spaceship slipped into orbit, and Guin Guin took flight inside Crew Dragon.

A SpaceX live stream showed the toy bobbing about the cabin.

"He can actually fly," Hoshide said. "Welcome, Guin Guin, to space!"

Guin Guin and the rest of the crew are due to dock at the International Space Station, at 5:10 am ET on Saturday. They'll live and work there for about six months, before returning to Earth this fall.

Spaceships have a tradition of carrying toys with them. Once the toys start to float around, observers and astronauts know the ship has left the pull of Earth's gravity. That's why the toys are often called zero-gravity, or zero-G, indicators.

"It was this cute, cute, fluffy penguin that's floating around in zero-G right now," Elon Musk, CEO and founder of SpaceX, said in a press conference following the launch.

The stuffed animal is called "My First Penguin," Musk added. It's manufactured and sold by Jelly Cat.

"It's a penguin that our boys chose," Hoshide said.

During SpaceX's Demo-2 mission last May, the sons of NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley similarly selected which toy would go into orbit. The young boys are dinosaurs enthusiasts, so a sequined plush Apatosaurus accompanied Behnken and Hurley to the space station.

Six months later, when SpaceX launched its first full-length astronaut flight for NASA, Crew-1, the astronauts brought along a toy Baby Yoda, a character from the Disney Plus show "The Mandalorian."

Scripps Institution of Oceanography Alumna Launches Into Space

KPBS 23 April, 2021 - 08:46pm

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By Melissa Mae

Above: Scripps Institution of Oceanography Alumna and astronaut Megan McArthur, in blue flight suit, taken in Bldg. 5 Motion Based Simulator.

Scripps Institution of Oceanography Alumna Megan McArthur blasted off into space early Friday morning from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

As part of the NASA SpaceX Crew-2 mission McArthur piloted the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station, where she and three other astronauts will spend the next six months as part of the station’s crew.

Her fellow crew members are Spacecraft Commander Shane Kimbrough, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Akihiko Hoshide and European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet

Scripps Institution of Oceanography Alumna Megan McArthur launched into space early this morning from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Bill Hodgkiss, Emeritus Professor at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, met McArthur back in the mid-1990’s when she was a graduate student at Scripps Institution.

“She sort of had two parallel interests. She was really interested in the ocean, but has maintained an interest in aerospace engineering,” Hodgkiss said.

While in the orbiting lab, McArthur will have to repair instruments, protect them from the environment and operate a lot of the equipment remotely, just like she did on ocean research.

McArthur’s dream of piloting into space comes on the 20th anniversary of Sally Ride Science @ UC San Diego, which focuses on STEM instruction for girls.

“We’re becoming the farm system for the next generation of astronauts and STEM fields," Abeyta said. "Not to mention UC San Diego graduates more STEM majors for women in STEM than any other college in the country.”

Dr. Sally Ride was the first American woman to fly in space and paved the way for female astronauts like Megan McArthur.

This mission will mark McArthur’s first visit to the Space Station and her second trip to space.

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