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