NASA and SpaceX to launch astronauts to the International Space Station

SpaceX Crew Dragon

NASA and SpaceX to carry humans to the International Space Station today for the first time since 2011 marking a historical feat for both NASA and SpaceX. This will be the first attempt by a private spacecraft to carry astronauts to the orbit.

NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley will be aboard SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule that will be carried into orbit by a Falcon 9 rocket.

Update: The scheduled launch has been called off due to bad weather conditions, the next launch attempt has been rescheduled to Saturday, May 30 at 3:22 p.m. EDT, or 19:22 UTC

This mission is part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program and if successful it could be a huge boost for NASA’s partnership with the US aerospace industry that will play a huge part in NASA’s future mission including the Moon landing in 2024.

The mission was earlier planned to launch the flight for 4:33 PM ET on Wednesday, May 27th, 2020 at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

You can watch it live here:

The next launch attempt has been rescheduled to Saturday, May 30 at 3:22 p.m. EDT, or 19:22 UTC

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