Crew-6 mission: NASA announces liftoff time for next astronaut launch from Florida

Start planning your trip to Florida's Space Coast: NASA has announced when the Crew-6 astronaut mission will blast off to the International Space Station. 

Officials had previously said that the Falcon 9 rocket, with Dragon Endeavour spacecraft atop, will lift off on Sunday, Feb. 26. from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, but did not give a launch window. On Wednesday, NASA revealed that its next round of astronauts will launch at 2:07 a.m. ET.

"Space flight is certainly challenging, it still is challenging in 2023. We take that very seriously in commercial crew and looking forward to a safe mission when we're ready to fly," said NASA commercial crew program manager Steven Stich.

Stich said that Dragon is going through its final check-outs and the crew will inspect the spacecraft this weekend.

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The crewed mission will consist of NASA astronauts Stephen Bowen and Woody Hoburg, United Arab Emirates astronaut Sultan Al Neyadi, and Roscosmos cosmonaut Andrey Fedyaev.

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It will be NASA's sixth crew rotation flight involving a U.S. commercial spacecraft carrying a crew for a science expedition aboard the microgravity laboratory, the space agency said on its website.

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If you can't make it to the Space Coast, FOX 35 will stream the launch online and in the FOX 35 News App so you can watch it live.