SpaceX capsule with four NASA astronauts aboard docks with International Space Station

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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

In a delicate dance, the spacecraft aligned itself with one of the station’s docking ports and parked itself. The maneuvers were directed completely by the spacecraft’s computers. Controllers on the ground and the astronauts on board the capsule and the station monitored closely, but the computers were in control.

The two crafts were then locked together by a dozen hooks. The astronauts will check to ensure that the seal between spacecraft and station is tight and that the air pressure inside the spacecraft and the station is the same. Then they’ll open the hatch and cross into the station.

The autonomous spacecraft aligned itself with one of the station’s ports and parked itself in a delicate maneuver watched closely by controllers on the ground and astronauts on board the station. It was expected to take about 15 minutes for the docking sequence to be completed. On board the spacecraft are NASA astronauts Megan McArthur, Shane Kimbrough, France’s Thomas Pesquet and Japan’s Akihiko Hoshide.

The astronauts will check to ensure that the seal is tight and that the pressure between the spacecraft and the station is equalized. Then, at approximately 7:15 a.m. Eastern, they are expected to open the hatch and board the station, where seven other astronauts are waiting to greet them.

A welcome ceremony is expected at about 7:30 a.m.

That flight, known as Inspiration4, is being funded by billionaire entrepreneur Jared Isaacman, who has made it a fundraising effort for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Joining Isaacman, the founder of Shift4 Payments, are four private citizens: Haley Arceneaux, a physician assistant at St. Jude who as a child was treated for bone cancer there; Sian Proctor, a scientist who won her seat in a competition by building an online store using Isaacman’s platform; and Chris Sembroski, a Lockheed Martin engineer, who was picked at random as part of a hospital fundraising sweepstakes.

The group is scheduled to spend a few days orbiting Earth inside SpaceX’s Dragon capsule.

SpaceX also is planning to launch another crew of private citizens early next year in a mission organized by Axiom Space, a Houston-based company. That group, three billionaires who are paying $55 million each, would be joined by former NASA astronaut Michael Lopez-Alegria, who is now a vice president at Axiom. The crew would spend about a week at the space station before returning to Earth.

It docked with the space station on May 31, 2020, with two astronauts onboard, Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley, who flew aboard what was considered a test flight to make sure the craft functioned as expected.

That journey took Endeavour 22 hours to reach the space station, slightly less than the 23½ hours Endeavour is expected to have traveled on its current trip.

There’s another overlap between the current mission and its first one: astronaut Megan McArthur, one of the four aboard Endeavour this time, is married to Behnken and was assigned to the same seat in the capsule that he had occupied.

That means the astronauts will have to make do, sleeping wherever they can find a spot — even on the ceiling, since in the weightless environment of space there is no up or down.

After arriving at the space station in November, NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins, the station’s current commander, also faced tight conditions. He ended up sleeping in the Dragon capsule that had carried him there. The capsule was connected to the station.

The space station will be crowded for only a few days, however, since Hopkins’s group of astronauts, known as Crew-1, is scheduled to return to Earth on Wednesday, with splashdown in the Atlantic Ocean or Gulf of Mexico.

It’s not just astronaut accommodations that are crowded. Boeing, the other company that has a contract to fly NASA astronauts to the space station, says it’s ready to fly a test of its long-delayed capsule as early as May. But because there’s no place to park it, Boeing says it doesn’t expect to undertake the test until August or September.

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A SpaceX launch, a peek inside the life of wolves and a large pod of orcas are just some of the shots that captured our attention this week. Take a look below at this week in video.

SpaceX has launched its third crew in under a year for NASA, this time using a recycled rocket and capsule.

A Falcon rocket carrying four astronauts blasted toward orbit early Friday morning from Central Florida’s Kennedy Space Center.

The Dragon capsule should reach the International Space Station on Saturday.

It’s the same capsule that carried up the first SpaceX crew last May. And the rocket hoisted the second crew in November. SpaceX founder Elon Musk met briefly with the U.S., French and Japanese astronauts before they headed to the launch pad.

Four-year-old Max Pratt is known for bringing packages into the house for his mom.

That task turned dangerous on Thursday when a 100-pound box was delivered to the Chicago-area home and fell on Max as he tried to carry it inside.

"I was scared I was going to fall down the stairs," Max told WBBM.

The doorbell camera at the home captures Max screaming for help.

Then, it shows the UPS driver who had just delivered the package rushing to the rescue.

"I was saying help and the package man just came back," Max said.

Researchers got a chance to see it from the animal's perspective, thanks to a collar cam.

The team at Voyageurs National Park in Minnesota recently fastened a collar cam on a lone wolf they'd trapped and sedated, then sent him on his way.

"Well, the highlight for us was watching the wolf catch fish," said Tom Gable, a member of the research team.

Another highlight was "just watching the wolf chewing on a deer leg bone," Gable said.

The researchers have also watched wolves snacking on blueberries and sleeping through sometimes furry conditions.

"The lens was covered in hair," Gable said.

Next time, the team says they'll probably trim the wolf's hair near the collar cam for a better view.

A large pod of orcas was spotted in Monterey Bay on Saturday by the Princess Monterey Whale Watching boat in California.

According to boat photographer, Randy Straka, two or three family groups of killer whales were swimming along with each other. They estimated there was 18 orcas in the group.

"While we were on our way to see some Humpbacks that had been reported, some alert customers spotted what turned out to be a VERY large group of Orcas," Straka wrote to KSBW in an email.

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