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NASA’s SpaceX Crew-1 Mission Briefing

The launch is scheduled for no earlier than 2:40 a.m. EDT Saturday, Oct. 31. The Crew-1 mission will carry astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover, and Shannon Walker of NASA and Soichi Noguchi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) to the space station on the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft atop a Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.


The Crew-1 astronauts are scheduled to arrive at the space station the same day to join NASA astronaut Kate Rubins, as well as Expedition 64 commander Sergey Ryzhikov and flight engineer Sergey Kud-Sverchkov, both of the Russian space agency Roscosmos.


The briefings, which will take place at the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, will begin at 11 a.m. EDT with NASA’s Commercial Crew Program News Conference.


Participants include:

  • NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine

  • Kathy Lueders, associate administrator, Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters

  • Hans Koenigsmann, vice president, Build and Flight Reliability, SpaceX


The Crew-1 Mission Overview News Conference begins at 12:30 p.m. EDT, featuring:

  • Steve Stich, manager, Commercial Crew Program, NASA’s Johnson Space Center

  • Kenny Todd, deputy manager, International Space Station, NASA’s Johnson Space Center

  • Anthony Vareha, NASA flight director, NASA’s Johnson Space Center

  • Benji Reed, senior director, Human Spaceflight Programs, SpaceX

  • Junichi Sakai, manager, International Space Station, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)


The Crew News Conference starts at 2 p.m. EDT, including Crew-1 astronauts:

  • Michael Hopkins, spacecraft commander

  • Victor Glover, pilot

  • Shannon Walker, mission specialist

  • Soichi Noguchi, mission specialist

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