Four astronauts who launched on NASA’s SpaceX Crew-2 mission, the second commercial crew rotation to the International Space Station, will be available for interviews at 4:30 p.m. CDT Monday, May 16, at Space Center Houston.

Astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur of NASA, Akihiko Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), and Thomas Pesquet of ESA (European Space Agency) will be at the visitor center to share highlights from their mission with the public at 5:30 p.m.

Reporters must request an in-person interview no later than noon Monday, May 16, by emailing Dana Davis at Requests for remote interviews cannot be supported.

NASA’s SpaceX Crew-2 mission launched in April 2021 to the International Space Stationand splashed down in November 2021. It was the second flight of a NASA-certified commercial human spacecraft flown as part of the agency’s Commercial Crew Program. The astronauts traveled 84,653,119 statute miles during their 199 days in orbit (198 of which were spent aboard the station). They completed 3,194 orbits around Earth, and conducted hundreds of experiments ranging from growing chile peppers and cotton to tracking microbes and studying tardigrades, tiny animals also called “water bears.”

The crew also tested new technologies in robotics and augmented reality, and captured imagery of Earth to support research of our changing home planet. They also completed several spacewalks to upgrade the station’s solar arrays and saw various crew and cargo spacecraft arrive and depart.

Stay current on space station activities by following @space_station and @ISS_Research on Twitter, as well as the station Facebook and Instagram accounts and the space station blog.

Learn more about the event and Space Center Houston, 1601 NASA Parkway, the official visitor center for NASA’s Johnbson Space Center in Houston, at: