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Where did spacex launch from today?

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. The SpaceX rocket launched from Cape Canaveral at 5:49 a.m. carrying astronauts four astronauts -- two American, one Japanese and one European — who make up the Crew-2 mission, inside SpaceX's Crew Dragon Endeavour. WKMG News 6 & ClickOrlandoWhat were those white flashes in the sky after SpaceX’s Crew-2 launch? We explain

When is the space launch?

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, carrying the Crew-2 mission astronauts, lifting off from launch complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on April 23, 2021. ABC NewsSpaceX docks at ISS on recycled rocket and capsule

What is spacex launch?

Elon Musk's SpaceX launched its Crew-2 mission to the International Space Station, achieving a takeoff with both a pre-used capsule and rocket for the first time as it sent four astronauts, two from NASA, into orbit. The Wall Street JournalSpaceX Launches Crewed Rocket Into Space in Latest NASA Mission

Who are the four astronauts launching today?

The launch kicked off SpaceX's Crew-2 mission, which will carry four astronauts — NASA's Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur, French astronaut Thomas Pesquet and Japanese spaceflyer Akihiko Hoshide — on a 24-hour flight to the International Space Station (ISS). Space.comSpaceX launches 4 astronauts to space station, nails rocket landing

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Astronauts Launching to Space Are Vaccinated Against Covid-19

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Without hospitals or medical specialists in space, NASA and other space agencies have always been concerned about astronauts falling sick during a mission. To minimize the chances of that, they typically spend the two weeks before launch in quarantine.

A Covid-19 superspreader event at the space station would disrupt operations.

The interior of the space station has a volume equivalent to a Boeing 747 jetliner, so there would be space for infected crew members to isolate themselves. But space station managers certainly would not want to worry about the virus spreading in the station’s perpetually filtered and recycled air.

During a news conference last week, Shane Kimbrough, the NASA astronaut who is the commander of Crew-2, said all four astronauts had received Covid vaccinations. “I guess it went fine,” he said. “We all have a little bit different reactions, just like most people do. So we’re no different in that regard. But we’re thankful that we have the vaccines.”

The three astronauts who launched in a Soyuz rocket to the station earlier this month — Oleg Novitskiy and Pyotr Dubrov of the Russian space agency and Mark Vande Hei of NASA — were also vaccinated.

The four astronauts of the Crew-1 mission are not, because no vaccines were available when they launched last November. When they return to Earth, every human not on the planet will be vaccinated against Covid-19.

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