The Crew 7 launch from Kennedy Space Center took place on the morning of August 26th at 3:27 a.m. from Space Launch Complex 39A.
NASA astronaut Jasmin Moghbeli, ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Andreas Mogensen, JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) astronaut Satoshi Furukawa, and Roscosmos cosmonaut Konstantin Borisov boarded the SpaceX Dragon Crew Capsule Endurance for a ride up to the International Space Station (ISS) where they will join the seven other members on board the ISS to conduct dozens of experiments meant to help with human exploration missions beyond Low Earth Orbit (LEO) before returning home in approximately six months.
Endurance rode to orbit on top of a SpaceX Falcon 9 booster that landed at SpaceX’s Landing Zone 1 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station approximately eight minutes after lift off giving everyone not only the usual rumble of a launch, but the double sonic booms from the return of the first stage.
Crew 7’s ride to orbit waiting for launch day.
A closer look at the SpaceX Dragon Crew Capsule Endurance.
Another look at SLC-39A.
One of four areas members of the media are permitted to set up remote cameras for launches at SLC-39A.
You never know what might hold up traffic at Kennedy Space Center and here’s a recently launched SpaceX Falcon 9 on its way to be used yet again.
Here’s another Falcon 9 booster that had recently launched and that will be heading back to orbit in the near future. SpaceX has made reusing spacecraft a thing and they continue to show the world that what was once considered impossible is not only possible, but expected to the point of being considered normal.
A look at SLC-39A from the KSC Press Site prior to liftoff with the Crew Access Arm removed from Endurance.
Crew 7 is on their way.
Overnight launches sure do turn night into day for a few moments.
Crew 7 clearing the pad and this photo was taken by one of our remote cameras.
See you in six months Crew 7!
Below you will see three different views of the launch. The first is from the press site and the other two are from GoPros that were placed around SLC-39A.
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