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Time exposure of the Crew-2 launch as it arcs over the horizon on the way to orbit. Note the diverging trails at right. The fainter trail is the first stage heading for a successful landing on the Of Course I Still Love You droneship stationed out in the Atlantic Ocean. The more prominent trail is the second stage taking the Crew Dragon Endeavour spacecraft into orbit.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches the Crew Dragon Endeavour spacecraft with four astronauts onboard on the Crew-2 mission to the International Space Station for the NASA Commercial Crew Program from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center at 5:49AM on 23 April 2021.  The astronauts for the Crew-2 mission include Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur of NASA, Akihiko Hoshide of JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency), and Thomas Pesquet of ESA (European Space Agency).

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