Crew-4 (Falcon 9)
27 April 2022
Launch Complex 39A
Kennedy Space Center

SpaceX and NASA launched the four astronauts of Crew-4 to the International Space Station at 3:52 a.m. on 27 April 2022 from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center. The international crew of astronauts will serve as the fourth commercial crew rotation mission aboard the space station.

This will be the first flight of the Dragon spacecraft named Freedom supporting this mission and the fourth flight for Falcon 9’s first stage booster, which previously launched CRS-22, Crew-3, and Turksat 5B. Following stage separation, Falcon 9’s first stage landed on the A Shortfall of Gravitas droneship stationed in the Atlantic Ocean.

During their time at the orbiting laboratory, the Crew-4 astronauts will conduct over 200 science experiments in areas such as materials science, health technologies, and plant science to prepare for human exploration beyond low-Earth orbit and to benefit life on Earth.

A time exposure consisting of a three image composite showing the star field around launch time, the launch, and the entry burn of the first stage, the short orange line just to the left of the launch arc along the horizon.
Shutdown of first stage engines.
Second stage ignition.
The second stage exhaust plume expands in the thinning air.

Shown is the official crew portrait of SpaceX Crew-4 astronauts representing NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. From left are Pilot Robert Hines, Mission specialists Samantha Cristoforetti and Jessica Watkins, and Commander Kjell Lindgren. Hines, Watkins, and Lindgren are NASA astronauts; Cristoforetti is an ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut. Photo Credit: NASA

“Liftoff! The past few days at Kennedy Space Center have been inspiring and busy with the return of the Axiom crew and now the successful launch of Crew-4 astronauts to the International Space Station,” said NASA Administrator Bill Nelson. “Aboard station, Kjell, Bob, Jessica, and Samantha will carry out research investigations that will help NASA prepare for longer duration stays on the Moon – and eventually Mars. These missions wouldn’t be possible without the dedicated NASA and SpaceX teams here on Earth. Godspeed, Crew-4!”

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