Next Astronaut Crew Heading To Space Station, Mega Moon Rocket


The next crew of astronauts heading to the space station…

An update on our Artemis I mega rocket and spacecraft…

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from NASA SpaceX Crew-4 mission to the Space Station

On April 18, astronauts from our SpaceX Crew-4 mission arrived at our Kennedy Space Center to prepare for launch to the International Space Station. Kjell Lindgren, Bob Hines and Jessica Watkins from NASA, and Samantha Cristoforetti from the European Space Agency (ESA) are delighted with their scientific expedition to the station.

NASA SpaceX Crew-4 astronauts

NASA’s SpaceX Crew-4 astronauts participate in a training session at SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California. Left to right: Jessica Watkins, NASA astronaut and SpaceX Crew-4 mission specialist; NASA astronaut and SpaceX Crew-4 pilot Robert “Bob” Hines; NASA astronaut and SpaceX Crew-4 commander Kjell Lindgren; and ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut and Crew-4 mission specialist Samantha Cristoforetti from Italy. Credit: SpaceX

“We’ve been training for many, many months and we’re starting to – we’re seeing all those boxes being ticked. And it’s very exciting now to have that box checked. We are here at Kennedy Space Center, looking forward to our launch here in the very near future.Kjell Lindgren, NASA Astronaut

The mission is the fourth crew rotational flight to the station on a SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program.

Artemis I SLS Rocket Wet dress rehearsal

NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket with the Orion spacecraft on board is seen atop a mobile launch vehicle at Launch Complex 39B, Monday, April 4, 2022, as the Artemis I launch team performs the wet-suit repeat test at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Credit: NASA/Joel Kowsky

Options under consideration for the next dress rehearsal of Artemis I Wet

NASA is reviewing schedules and options for conducting the next repeat wet test of our space launch system or SLS Orion rocket and spacecraft at our Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The agency decided to take the Artemis I Mega Moon rocket and spacecraft back to the Vehicle Assembly Building to replace a valve and fix a leak, while an offsite nitrogen gas supplier, used for testing, upgrades their systems. You can follow NASA’s Artemis blog for updates on the test at:

NASA celebrates Earth Day with live and online events

To celebrate Earth Day, we hosted a free public event at Union Station in Washington, DC. The 3-day event, which kicked off April 22, featured NASA science insights, live demonstrations and other family-friendly activities. Alongside this in-person event, we also hosted online Earth Day celebrations that began with live events on April 22. Online activities will continue to be available on demand until May 2. This includes content also available in Spanish. . Learn more about

Grammy-winning recording artist Eddie Vedder made a special long distance phone call to the International Space Station (ISS), in celebration of Earth Day. Orbiting more than 402 kilometers above Earth aboard the ISS, NASA astronauts Kayla Barron, Raja Chari, Thomas Marshburn and Mark Vande Hei, as well as ESA (Space Agency) astronaut European) Matthias Maurer, enjoyed a unique view of our planet. They share their thoughts on being at the forefront of the global effects of climate change, reflect on the stewardship of our planet, as well as the remarkable ability of space to unite us all in a shared humanity. Visit for more information on our changing planet. Credit: NASA

NASA X-59 silent supersonic technology aircraft

NASA’s X-59 Quiet SuperSonic Technology aircraft, or QueSST, is designed to fly faster than the speed of sound without producing a loud, disruptive sonic boom, which is commonly heard on the ground below aircraft flying at such speeds. . Instead, with the X-59, people on the ground will hear nothing more than a quiet thump – if they hear anything. Credit: NASA / Joey Ponthieux

X-59 back in California after critical ground tests

Our X-59 silent supersonic experimental aircraft has returned to Lockheed Martin’s Skunk Works factory in Southern California after months of critical ground testing in Texas. The tests were carried out to ensure that the aircraft could withstand the loads and stresses of supersonic flight. The X-59 will now undergo further testing and development as engineers continue to progress towards its first demonstration flights over communities across the United States starting in 2024.

Two Roscosmos Spacewalkers

Two Roscosmos spacewalkers are pictured working outside the Nauka Multipurpose Laboratory Module as the International Space Station orbited 261 miles above the Gulf of St. Lawrence off the Magdalen Islands. Cosmonauts (left to right) Denis Matveev and Oleg Artemyev worked outside the station’s Russian segment for six hours and 37 minutes to outfit Nauka and configure the European robotic arm. Credit: NASA

Cosmonauts complete spacewalk to install robotic arm

On April 18, cosmonauts Oleg Artemyev and Denis Matveev of Roscosmos performed a 6 hour and 37 minute spacewalk outside the International Space Station. The pair installed and connected a control panel for the 37-foot-long European robotic arm mounted on the Nauka multi-purpose lab module. This was the 249th spacewalk for space station assembly, maintenance and upgrades.


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