The SpaceX Launch Vehicle
consisting of a two-stage Falcon 9 rocket topped with a Crew Dragon capsule dubbed Freedom
Was Set For Liftoff With
its four-member crew at 3:52 a.m. EDT (0752 GMT) from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
During A Pre-Launch Briefing On
Tuesday, NASA officials said forecasts called for a 90% chance of favorable weather conditions for an on-time lift-off.
“Flying Safely With Crew Means
That you’ve got to do it one step at a time,” Kathryn Lueders, associate NASA administrator for space operations, told reporters.
“We’re hoping that you’ll get to see a really, really beautiful step, and we’ll get our crew safely to orbit.”
Assigned As Crew 4 Commander Is
Dr. Kjell Lindgren, 49, a board-certified emergency medicine physician and one-time flight surgeon making his second trip to the ISS, where he logged 141 days in orbit in 2015.