Rocket men set to launch from Florida


The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket waits for launch at the Kennedy Space Center. (NASA)

HOLT, Fla., May 26, 2020—History will unfold today as two NASA astronauts are launched into space in a joint venture with the space agency and SpaceX from Cape Canaveral, Fla.

This mission marks the first time since the retirement of the space shuttle in 2011 that humans will fly to the space station from U.S. soil.

NASA and SpaceX are targeting 3:33 p.m. CDT May 27 for the launch of the first commercially built and operated American rocket and spacecraft carrying astronauts to the space station.

Full mission coverage, including the launch, will be streaming live on NASA Television and its website. Coverage will continue through arrival at the ISS.

Pre-lift off coverage has already begun.

Dragon Crew

Astronauts Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken will launch from Florida to the International Space Station May 27. (NASA)

Astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley will travel to the International Space Station aboard a SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft launched by a Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Pad 39-A at the Kennedy Space Center.

They’re expected to dock with the ISS at 10:39 a.m. CST tomorrow.

Several NASA and SpaceX teams across the country have roles in today’s launch.

SpaceX’s launch team is commanding the countdown from Firing Room 4 in Kennedy’s Launch Control Center, then will transfer control to the company’s mission control center in Hawthorne, Calif.

Meanwhile, NASA teams at Kennedy and the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston are monitoring today’s activities.

Staff and NASA news releases



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