Update for 4 a.m. ET, Aug. 26: SpaceX and NASA successfully launched the Crew-7 astronaut mission to the international Space Station at 3:27 a.m. EDT (0727 GMT) from Pad 39A of NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. See launch video and read our full wrap story.
Four astronauts from four countries are about to make a long journey in space.
The SpaceX Crew-7 mission will launch to the International Space Station no earlier than Saturday (Aug. 26) at 3:27 a.m. EDT (0727 GMT) with four astronauts onboard. The launch timing may change due to weather or technical factors.
You can watch the broadcast live on YouTube, with the feed via NASA Television, starting Friday (Aug. 25) at 11:45 p.m. EDT (0345 GMT Saturday, Aug. 26). Video will continue until the SpaceX Crew Dragon reaches orbit.
Crew-7 includes NASA astronaut Jasmin Moghbeli, European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Andreas Mogensen, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Satoshi Furukawa, and Konstantin Borisov of Russia's space agency, Roscosmos.
What time is the Crew-7 launch with 4 astronauts?
NASA plans to run the broadcast live on the agency's YouTube channel starting Friday (Aug. 25) at 11:45 p.m. EDT (0345 GMT Saturday, Aug. 26). The broadcast will continue until the Crew Dragon is inserted in Earth's orbit.
While video will cease after that, the audio will continue on this NASA YouTube channel up to the ISS docking. Then video will resume on the main NASA YouTube channel around 7 a.m. EDT (1100 GMT) on Sunday, Aug. 27. Again, this timing may change depending on how the mission is going.
Can I watch the Crew-7 launch online?
You can watch the broadcast live on YouTube, also visible above this article, starting Friday (Aug. 25) at 11:45 p.m. EDT (0345 GMT Saturday, Aug. 26).
The exact broadcast length is not known at this time, as it depends on the mission and its progress. Things can change rapidly, but we'll keep you posted about major milestones.
Who is riding onboard Crew-7?
Four astronauts will ride aboard Crew-7 and each one of them comes from a different country.
The group includes NASA astronaut Jasmin Moghbeli, European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Andreas Mogensen, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Satoshi Furukawa, and Konstantin Borisov of Russia's space agency, Roscosmos.
Moghbeli and Borisov are both on their first flights, which will see Moghbeli become the second Iranian-American in space after first female space tourist Anousheh Ansari. (Ansari visited the ISS herself in 2006.) Mogensen and Furukawa have both been to space one time each, also staying on the ISS.
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