Media accreditation is now open for the launch of the fifth SpaceX Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket that will carry astronauts to the International Space Station for a scientific expedition mission as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program.
The earliest targeted launch date for the mission is Friday, Sept. 29, from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
The Crew-5 launch will carry two NASA astronauts Mission Commander Nicole Mann and Pilot Josh Cassadaalong with JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) astronaut Koichi Wakata and Roscosmos cosmonaut Anna Kikina, who will serve as mission specialists. This is the first space flight for Mann, Cassada and Kikina. It is the fifth trip for Wakata.
Following a crew handover period, astronauts from NASA’s SpaceX Crew-4 mission are scheduled to return to Earth in October aboard their SpaceX Dragon Freedom.
Media accreditation deadlines for Crew-5 launch are as follows:
- US media and US citizens representing international media must apply no later than 4 pm EDT Thursday, Sept. 1.
- International media without US citizenship must apply no later than 4 pm Monday, Aug. 22.
All accreditation requests should be submitted online.