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SpaceX set to launch astronauts from U.S. soil for first time since 2011

May 27, 2020

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NASA’s SpaceX Demo-2 mission will return U.S. human spaceflight to the International Space Station from U.S. soil with astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley on an American rocket and spacecraft for the first time since 2011.

3 p.m. (CDT)

History is set to be made today. NASA's SpaceX Demo-2 mission will launch at 4:33 EDT from the historic Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley will be the the crew for the first U.S. human spaceflight to the International Space Station from U.S. soil since 2011.

Before serving as a commercial launch site, Launchpad 39A sent the first astronauts to the Moon and supported dozens of Space Shuttle missions.

"This will be SpaceX’s final test flight for NASA’s Commercial Crew Program and will provide critical data on the performance of the Falcon 9 rocket, Crew Dragon spacecraft, and ground systems, as well as in-orbit, docking and landing operations," NASA reports.

Watch it live on NASA TV HERE.

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