On April 23, 2021 at 09:49 UTC the American SpaceX’s Crew Dragon “Endeavour” (Crew-2 mission) spacecraft was launched from Kennedy Space Center (LC39A), Florida, USA. The mission also known as USCV-2 (US Crew Vehicle 2). The space vehicle was orbited by the “Falcon-9” rocket-carrier. The spacecraft is piloted by 4 astronauts – spacecraft commander American astronaut Robert Kimbrough; pilot, American astronaut Katherine Megan McArthur; mission specialist 1, Japanese astronaut Akihiko Hoshide; mission specialist 2, French astronaut Thomas Pesquet.
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The space vehicle is to dock with the International Space Station on April 24. Robert Kimbrough, Katherine McArthur, Akihiko Hoshide, Thomas Pesquet will join current ISS expedition members Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover, Soichi Noguchi, Shannon Walker, Oleg Novickiy, Pyotr Dubrov and Mark Vande Hei. It is the second operational mission of a “Crew Dragon” spacecraft in the Commercial Crew Program. It is the 3rd piloted space flight of a “Crew Dragon” spacecraft (also known as “SpaceX Dragon 2” spacecraft).