NASA’s SpaceX Crew-3 Astronauts En Route to Kennedy Space Center

Crew-3 astronauts prepare to board the Gulfstream jet that will bring them to Kennedy Space Center.
From left, SpaceX Crew-3 astronauts Raja Chari, Thomas Marshburn, and Kayla Barron, all of NASA, and ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Matthias Maurer prepare to depart Ellington Field in Houston, Texas, for the short flight to the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Oct. 26, 2021. Photo credit: Robert Markowitz

The astronauts who will fly on NASA’s SpaceX Crew-3 mission to the International Space Station are now on their way to the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, where they will begin final preparations for launch.

NASA astronauts Raja Chari, Tom Marshburn, and Kayla Barron, along with ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Matthias Maurer, boarded a Gulfstream jet aircraft and departed from Ellington Field near the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston for the short flight to Florida. The crew is expected to arrive at the Launch and Landing Facility at Kennedy later this afternoon.

Crew-3 astronauts will be greeted upon their arrival by Kennedy Center Director Janet Petro along with NASA Associate Administrator Bob Cabana and ESA International Space Station Program Manager Frank de Winne. Coverage will begin at approximately 2:30 p.m. EDT, and will include welcome remarks, crew comments, and a brief question and answer session with attending news media. The event will be broadcast live on NASA TV and the agency’s website, weather permitting.