Astronauts are on Their Way to Launch Pad 39A

Crew-2 astronauts visit with family and friends before boarding their Tesla X vehicles for the trip to Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on April 23, 2021.
Crew-2 astronauts visit with family and friends before boarding their Tesla X vehicles for the trip to Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on April 23, 2021. Photo credit: NASA

Crew-2 astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur, along with JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) astronaut Akihiko Hoshide, and ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Thomas Pesquet, are on their way to Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Pad 39A after departing the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building across the spaceport. They are right on schedule.

Before leaving, they paused to wave and acknowledge the small group of family, friends and support team members who gathered to see them off. Then they climbed into their customized white Tesla Model X vehicles for the 20-minute ride to the pad.

The crew’s vehicle is traveling in the middle of a convoy, including support team members and security personnel. At the launch site, the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon spacecraft, named Endeavour by the crew, are ready for the astronauts’ arrival.

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