The astronauts who will launch this week (Saturday, April 23, 2022) to the International Space Station as a part of NASA’s SpaceX Crew-4 mission arrived yesterday, April 18, on the company’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida to bear ultimate preparations earlier than launch.
NASA astronauts Kjell Lindgren, Robert Hines, and Jessica Watkins, and ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, landed on the Launch and Landing Facility at Kennedy after departing earlier at this time from Ellington Field close to the company’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.
The crew was greeted by leaders from NASA and ESA, and a media occasion started shortly after their arrival. Participants included:
- KSC Center Director Janet Petro
- Kathy Lueders, NASA affiliate administrator, house operations
- Barbara Nucera, ESA Houston crew chief
- NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren
- NASA astronaut Bob Hines
- NASA astronaut Jessica Watkins
- ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti
Crew-4 astronauts are scheduled to elevate off at 5:26 a.m. EDT on Saturday, April 23, aboard a SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket from Kennedy’s Launch Complex 39A. They are slated to reach on the house station the next day, the place they may start their science mission aboard the orbiting laboratory. Docking is focused for round 6:00 a.m. EDT on Sunday, April 24.
This is the fourth crew rotation flight for the company’s Commercial Crew Program.