Good evening and welcome to live coverage of NASA’s SpaceX Crew-7 mission — the seventh crew rotation flight and the eighth human spaceflight mission on SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station for NASA’s Commercial Crew Program.
Launch is scheduled for no earlier than 3:27 a.m. EDT Saturday, Aug. 26, from historic Launch Complex 39A at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
Here at Kennedy, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, topped by the company’s Dragon spacecraft, named Endurance, awaits liftoff early Saturday morning with an international crew. NASA astronaut Jasmin Moghbeli, commander; ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Andreas Mogensen, pilot; and mission specialists JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) astronaut Satoshi Furukawa, and Roscosmos cosmonaut Konstantin Borisov will fly to the space station aboard SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft, which previously supported the Crew-3 and Crew-5 missions to and from the orbiting laboratory.
The countdown is proceeding according to schedule. At the Florida spaceport’s Neil A. Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building, the astronauts have eaten and will undergo medical checks and get a weather briefing before suiting up.
Starting at 11:30 p.m., on NASA Television and the agency’s website, there will be continuous live coverage of important Crew-7 activities.