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USA: SpaceX astronauts reflect on training and importance of team work ahead of ISS mission

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Published on 02 Mar 2021 / In Travel & Events

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SpaceX Crew-2 mission astronauts reflected on their training and the importance of cooperation during a news conference ahead of their upcoming flight to the International Space Station at the agency's Johnson Space Center in Houston on Monday.

In the second operational SpaceX Crew Dragon flight to the ISS as part of NASA's Commercial Crew Program, the mission will carry astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur of NASA, Akihiko Hoshide of Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, and European Space Agency's Thomas Pesquet aboard a Crew Dragon spacecraft atop a Falcon 9 rocket.

Elaborating on the challenges faced during training, Meghan McArthur said "we're not only learning a brand new vehicle that we're going to launch in and how to monitor and operate in that vehicle, but we're also learning all of the things that we're going to be expected to do while living aboard the space station."

“And so that's not only caring for the space station, but it's also conducting a variety of different science experiments. That's really the goal of being up there,” added McArthur.

Astronaut Shane Kimbrough expressed hope that cross-agency effort could become an example of what can be achieved through collaboration and team work: "We're going to do our very best to represent NASA and ESA, JAXA and SpaceX and the International Space Station and hopefully by just our actions and the way where we're professional, the way we had a good time as well, that that'll just translate into some kind of inspiration for somebody.”

The mission is set to launch after April 20 from the NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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