SpaceX and NASA set to launch Crew-8 mission

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. — NASA and SpaceX have set a date for the next crewed rocket launch from Florida Space Coast.



7:52 Update:

The launch is now set for Sunday, March 3, at 10:35 p.m.

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The Crew-8 mission plans to launch from the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station at 11:16 p.m. on March 2.

Three astronauts and one cosmonaut will be launched to the International Space Station atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

Crew-8 will include NASA astronauts Matthew Dominick, Michael Barratt, and Jeanette Epps, and Roscosmos cosmonaut Alexander Grebenkin.

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The Dragon spacecraft supporting this mission previously flew the Demo-2, Crew-2, Ax-1, and Crew-6 missions to and from the space station.

Following stage separation, Falcon 9′s first stage will land on Landing Zone 1 (LZ-1) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.

During their time in the orbiting laboratory, the crew will conduct over 200 scientific experiments and technology demonstrations, including new research to prepare for human exploration beyond low-Earth orbit and benefit humanity on Earth.

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Channel 9 will continue to monitor the planned launch and provide updates on Eyewitness News.

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Carl-Max Millionard, WFTV.com

Carl-Max Millionard is a Content Creator for WFTV.com.