NASA, SpaceX to launch first astronauts to space station from American soil since 2011

by Bryan Brammer · Apr 18th, 2020 11:54 am

NASA announced Friday that it would be launching American astronauts from U.S. soil to the International Space Station for the first time since NASA retired its Space Shuttle Program in 2011.

NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley will climb aboard the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft at Florida's Kennedy Space Center and launch into orbit on Wednesday, May 27 at 4:32 p.m. ET as part of NASA's Commercial Crew Program.

The launch of Demo-2 will be the second time Elon Musk's SpaceX company launches its Crew Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station. Demo-1 was an uncrewed mission that launched on March 2, 2019 to test the Dragon 2 spacecraft.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, only a limited number of reporters will be allowed on site. Public spectators will not be permitted at the beaches or viewing sites along Florida's Space Coast.


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