NASA’s SpaceX Crew-2 Astronauts Headed to International Space Station | Summary and Q&A

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April 23, 2021
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NASA’s SpaceX Crew-2 Astronauts Headed to International Space Station

TL;DR

Crew 2 astronauts, including Commander Shane Kimbrough, depart for the International Space Station with the help of SpaceX suit technicians.

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Questions & Answers

Q: Who are the crew members of the Crew 2 mission?

The crew members of the Crew 2 mission are Commander Shane Kimbrough, Megan MacArthur, Toma Pesquet, and Aki Hoshide.

Q: What is the role of SpaceX suit technicians in the departure process?

SpaceX suit technicians assist the astronauts in putting on their spacesuits, ensuring they are properly equipped for their journey to space.

Q: How do the crew members board the Crew Dragon Endeavor?

The crew members climb inside the Crew Dragon Endeavor through a process called ingress, where suit technicians help them get buckled in before the side hatch is closed.

Q: What provides the thrust for the first stage of the Crew Dragon's ascent?

The Falcon 9 rocket, with its nine Merlin engines, provides 1.7 million pounds of thrust for the first stage of the Crew Dragon's ascent.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • The Crew 2 astronauts, including Shane Kimbrough, Megan MacArthur, Toma Pesquet, and Aki Hoshide, prepare for their journey to the International Space Station.

  • They receive assistance from SpaceX suit technicians and the closeout team before boarding the Crew Dragon Endeavor.

  • The astronauts wave goodbye before departing on schedule and begin their ascent to the space station with the help of Falcon 9.

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