Kennedy Space Center has been busy as usual, and we are not referencing the very engaging and educational theme park aspect of the business. We are referencing the launch pad, where some of the coolest activities in Titusville are taking place. There has been a lot more focus on space with all of the recent launches happening, however the Crew-4 mission has had a couple of date changes already. The good news is the Axium Space Launch has indeed taken place on April 8th; this historic flight took the first private crew of four to the International Space Station. Originally the Crew-4 was due to launch before the AX-1 and due to timing issues, they traded places on the launch calendar.
NASA's SpaceX Crew-4 mission, which was delayed from March 30th to April 15th, has now announced dates no earlier than April 23rd, 2022. With April 23rd now the earliest new launch date with April 24th and April 25th as backup launch dates, April 15th will be the flight readiness review at the Kennedy Space Center. This upcoming mission will deliver a multi-national crew of four astronauts to the International Space Station for six months. Due to enhanced safety procedures, all astronauts are currently in a 2-week quarantine period before launches.
If you are interested in seeing this launch live, the packages have been released! To get as close as possible to the launch, you will want to purchase the Feel The Heat experience at $250 plus tax. There is a lower cost option which is approximately 2 miles further away; this is the Feel the Fun package. The cost is $149 plus tax and allows you to see the rocket launch after it clears the tree line. Please check the links for more terms, conditions and the policy, should the launch be delayed for any reason.
Please note, due to the expected launch time, this will be an early morning experience. The Feel the Heat check in starts at 2:45am, bus leaves at 3:00am and ends at 4:30am! For those doing the Feel the Fun package, gates will open at 3:00am.
You can only purchase tickets to these packages online. Click here to do so.
Before purchasing, review the launch package Scrub Policy (launch cancellations/delays) rules.
You can now register to be a virtual guest on the Crew-4 before the targeted launch date of April 23rd. By registering you will receive notifications of interaction opportunities, get up to date resources and a virtual guest passport after the launch. Sounds pretty cool to us!
Meet Nasa's SpaceX Crew who will be flying aboard a new Crew Dragon Space Craft named Freedom and powered by Falcon 9 Rocket. This will be the second space flight for Kjell N. Lindgren and Samantha Cristoforetti. Cristoforetti will actually be returning to the International Space Station for a second time. Fellow crew members Jessica Watkins and Bob Hines will be experiencing their first space flight. They will be joined by 3 others aboard the space station for a total of 7 astronauts for an extended period.
- Spacecraft Commander - Kjell N. Lindgren (NASA)
- Pilot - Bob Hines (NASA)
- Mission Specialist - Jessica Watkins (NASA)
- Mission Specialist - Samantha Cristoforetti (European Space Agency)
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