NASA's SpaceX Crew-6 liftoff from Kennedy Space Center
NASA’s SpaceX crew members Stephen Bowen, Warren Hoburg, Sultan Alneyadi, and Andrey Fedyaev soar into the early-morning Florida sky, blasting off from Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A at 12:34 a.m. EST Thursday, March 2, 2023. Photo credit: NASA/Frank Michaux

The SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft Endeavour, carrying NASA astronauts Stephen Bowen, commander; Warren Hoburg, pilot; and mission specialists UAE (United Arab Emirates) astronaut Sultan Alneyadi and Roscosmos cosmonaut Andrey Fedyaev to the International Space Station, has safely reached orbit, and the nosecone has been opened.

At 2:30 a.m. EST, NASA will host a postlaunch news conference from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The event will be broadcast live on NASA TV and the agency’s website. Participants in the briefing will be:

  • Kathy Lueders, associate administrator, Space Operations Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters in Washington
  • Steve Stich, manager, Commercial Crew Program, Kennedy 
  • Dina Contella, operations integration manager, International Space Station Program, NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston
  • Benji Reed, senior director, Human Spaceflight Program, SpaceX
  • Salem AlMarri, director general, Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre

Crew-6 will dock at the space station at approximately 1:17 a.m. EST on Friday, March 3. Live coverage on NASA TV resumes at 11:30 p.m. EST on March 2 and continues through spacecraft docking, hatch opening (2:55 a.m.), and the welcome ceremony (3:40 a.m.) at the microgravity laboratory.

Follow along with mission activities and get more information here on the Crew-6 blog, commercial crew blog, @commercial_crew on Twitter, and commercial crew on Facebook.

Endeavour Spacecraft Reaches Orbit, News Conference at 2:30 a.m. EST