A SpaceX Falcon rocket sits on Launch Complex 39A Tuesday, April 26, 2022, at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)
On board the spacecraft are three NASA astronauts, including mission leader Kjell Lindgren, pilot Bob Hines, mission specialist Jessica Watkins and ESA mission specialist Samantha Christofority, NASA said.
NASA’s mission is the first with an equal number of men and women and the first long-duration flight with a black woman, Jessica Watkins.
SpaceX Crew-4 astronauts, left, Pilot Bob Hines, mission specialist Jessica Watkins, Commander Kjell Lindgren and European astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, of Italy, wave as they leave the Operations Building and board a flight to Launch Complex 39- Wednesday, April 27 2022, at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
The crew will spend five months on the International Space Station to replace three Americans and a German who will return to Earth within a week. Three Russians also live on the space station.
SpaceX Crew-4 astronauts, left, mission specialist Jessica Watkins, pilot Bob Hines, Commander Kjell Lindgren and mission specialist ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, of Italy, gather together after leaving the operations building and propulsion for a flight to the launch complex. 39-A Wednesday, April 27, 2022, at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
The crew is the fourth to fly aboard the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft and a Falcon 9 rocket, according to NASA. It’s SpaceX’s fifth flight with NASA astronauts.
The mission was postponed from last weekend due to the delay in the arrival of another mission due to the raging waves, according to Space.com.