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NASA said Friday it is targeting another launch of a SpaceX spacecraft, due to carry Japan’s Akihiko Hoshide and three other astronauts to the International Space Station, for as early as April 22.

It will be the third manned flight to the ISS by a Crew Dragon capsule, developed by U.S. company Space Exploration Technologies Corp. The previous flight, known as the Crew-1 mission, took place in November, carrying three NASA astronauts and Japan’s Soichi Noguchi.

The upcoming Crew-2 mission, which will lift off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, will carry Hoshide, 52, two NASA astronauts and an astronaut from the European Space Agency, according to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

NASA had earlier said that the launch would be no earlier than April 20.

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