The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with the Dragon spacecraft atop is on the pad atd Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with the Dragon spacecraft atop is on the pad at Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Photo credit: NASA TV

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.

Stay with us as the countdown continues. We’ll keep you updated on the key milestones throughout this mission. Details about the mission and NASA’s Commercial Crew Program can be found by following the Crew-7 blog, the commercial crew blog, @commercial_crew on X, and commercial crew on Facebook.

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