Crew-2: SpaceX's next manned mission to launch in April
NASA announced that SpaceX's next manned mission, Crew-2, will take off on April 20. The launch site will be the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, heading for the International Space Station.
On board will be American astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur, from NASA, the Japanese Akihiko Hoshide, who is part of the Japanese space agency, and the Frenchman Thomas Pesquet, from the European space agency.
The whole group has experience in space. Kimbrough, who will be the commander of the mission, has already spent 189 days on board the International Space Station.
Crew-2 will be the first mission with a reused rocket. The first stage of Falcon 9 will be the same as the Crew-1 mission, which took off last November.
The capsule will also be reused: we're talking about Endevour, used during the historic Demo-2 mission last May, SpaceX's first manned flight.
The astronauts aboard Crew-2 will serve as members of “Expedition 65”, and will be in orbit for about six months.
During this time, they will test a portable ultrasound device and conduct studies related to tissue engineering and the health of bones, heart muscle and liver.