Liftoff! Crew-2 Astronauts on Their Way to the International Space Station

Liftoff of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with Crew Dragon atop launches the Crew-2 mission at 5:49 a.m. EDT April 23, 2021, from Launch Complex 39A.
The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with Crew Dragon atop lifts off from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on the Crew-2 mission April 23, 2021, at 5:49 a.m.

The Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon spacecraft Endeavour lifts off in the early morning from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center. Crew-2 astronauts Shane Kimbrough, Megan McArthur, Akihido Hoshide, and Thomas Pesquet have begun their 23.5-hour journey to the International Space Station on NASA’s SpaceX Crew-2 mission. Liftoff occurred at 5:49:02 a.m. EDT.

Max Q (the moment of peak mechanical stress on the rocket) will happen in the next minute.

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