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Space Coast’s busy weeks ahead include launches to ISS, wet dress rehearsal for flight around moon

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. — NASA and several astronauts are gearing up for two more scheduled launches to the International Space Station from the Space Coast in the coming weeks.

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Axiom-1 is scheduled to launch Wednesday from Pad 39-A at Kennedy Space Center, marking the first all-private mission to ISS.

The crew will spend eight days docked at the station. After teams have had to review their mission, then Crew-4 will launch on April 20.

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Crew-4 is the NASA’s fourth operational mission to the International Space Station under the agency’s Commercial Crew Program. A SpaceX Crew Dragon named Freedom will carry NASA astronauts Kjell Lindgren, Bob Hines, Jessica Watkins and European Space Agency astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti to ISS.

The Crew-3 astronauts will return about five days after the launch of Crew-4. Then in May, Boeing will fly its second uncrewed flight test to ISS. That will be followed by a SpaceX cargo mission in June.

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On Friday, NASA will begin a two-day wet dress rehearsal for the launch of Artemis 1, an uncrewed flight test around the moon.

Next week, SpaceX will launch Axiom-1, the first private astronaut mission to ISS.

On Thursday, NASA welcomed astronaut Mark Vande Hei back to Houston after a record stay aboard ISS.

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Adam Poulisse, WFTV.com

Adam Poulisse joined WFTV in November 2019.

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