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NASA, SpaceX to provide Crew-4 astronaut launch update today. How to listen live.

NASA and SpaceX will hold press conference to provide an update on the agency’s next astronaut launch from Florida today (Feb. 4) and you can follow it live online. 

The teleconference, which NASA announced Thursday afternoon (Feb. 3) comes as NASA and SpaceX are investigating parachute inflation delays during recent Dragon capsule landings. It will begin at 12 p.m. EST (1700 GMT) and will play live in the audio feed above at start time. 

SpaceX’s Crew-4 mission is currently scheduled to launch on April 15 to ferry four astronauts to the International Space Station. The crew includes: NASA astronauts Kjell Lindgren, commander; Robert Hines, pilot; Jessica Watkins, mission specialist; and European Space Agency astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, mission specialist. It will mark SpaceX’s fifth crewed spaceflight for NASA and sixth overall, including the all-civilian Inspiration4 flight last September, which did not visit the space station.

This still from NASA’s Crew-2 landing webcast on Nov. 8, 2021 shows the delayed opening of one of four parachutes on SpaceX’s returning Dragon capsule carrying astronauts home from the International Space Station. (Image credit: NASA TV)

On Jan. 24, an uncrewed SpaceX CRS-24 cargo ship experienced a delayed opening of one of its four main parachutes as it splashed down off the Florida coast, according to SpaceNews. While the delayed opening did not hinder the capsule’s splashdown – and eventually fully inflated – a similar event also occurred on Nov. 8, when a Dragon spacecraft carrying the Crew-2 astronauts for NASA splashed down. The crew landed safely, but one of their capsule’s four main parachutes opened about 75 seconds later than the others, SpaceNews reported. 

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