At 7:27 p.m. EST, the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon spacecraft carrying NASA astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover, and Shannon Walker, along with Soichi Noguchi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) lifted off from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
At 9:30 p.m., NASA will host a postlaunch news conference from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. Participants in the briefing will be:
- NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine
- Kathy Lueders, associate administrator for human exploration and operations, NASA Headquarters
- Hiroshi Sasaki, vice president and director general, JAXA’s Human Spaceflight Technology Directorate
- Steve Dickson, administrator, Federal Aviation Administration
- Gwynne Shotwell, president and chief operating officer, SpaceX
NASA Television and the agency’s website will air the news conference. Mission commentary will switch to NASA TV’s Media Channel.
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