SpaceX Crew-2 Astronauts Join Station Crew

The four new SpaceX Crew-2 astronauts joined the Expedition 65 crew today bringing the station population to 11. Credit: NASA TV
The four new SpaceX Crew-2 astronauts joined the Expedition 65 crew today bringing the station population to 11. Credit: NASA TV

NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur, along with JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) astronaut Akihiko Hoshide, and ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Thomas Pesquet  aboard the SpaceX Crew Dragon have arrived at the International Space Station.

Crew-2 joins Expedition 65 crew of crew of Shannon WalkerMichael Hopkins,  Victor Glover, and Mark Vande Hei of NASA, as well as Soichi Noguchi of JAXA and Roscosmos cosmonauts Oleg Novitskiy and Pyotr Dubrov.

The crew members first opened the hatch between the space station and the pressurized mating adapter at 7:05 a.m. EDT then opened the hatch to Crew Dragon.

NASA TV will continue to provide live coverage through the welcoming ceremony with leadership from NASA, ESA and JAXA to greet the crew on station. The welcome ceremony is targeted to begin about 7:45 a.m. with the following participants:

  • Steve Jurczyk, acting NASA administrator
  • Kathy Lueders, associate administrator, Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters
  • Hiroshi Yamakawa, president, JAXA
  • Josef Aschbacher, director general, ESA

Follow along and get more information about the mission at:  Learn more about station activities by following the space station blog@space_station and @ISS_Research on Twitter as well as the ISS Facebook and ISS Instagram accounts.

4 thoughts on “SpaceX Crew-2 Astronauts Join Station Crew”

  1. I was in the 7th grade, and one day the Science teacher was going around the room asking students what they wanted to be when they grew up. I was excited to tell my goal-I wanted to be an astronaut. I thought he was going to say something positive. He didn’t. He said,”oh no, you can’t be that. Girls can’t be astronauts.” My heart dropped and I was so embarrassed. Later on, my science and math skills would deter me from any job with NASA. But I never forgot the excitement I felt watching all the launches and landings. And today I see the numerous women astronauts in space and am filled with pride for the men and the women who reach for the stars.

    1. Many of us hope to change that attitude in teachers for the future. Remember, skills are trained, so no matter what you think of any skill you currently have, you can improve it. But it always helps to have teachers and supporters around you to encourage. I’m sorry you did not get that at the time. – JS

  2. Just so amazing and am more and more interested to know,to watch you guys on video and wanting to be always your avid fan,thanks to my smart tv and this old cellphone that my awe and enthusiasm about life of an astronaut,scientist,etc

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