LAUNCH DELAYED: Americans Back in Space - The Historic SpaceX and NASA Projectby Katie Pavlich
UPDATE: Due to weather issues, the launch has been delayed until Saturday, May 30 at 3:22 pm ET.
Billionaire Elon Musk's SpaceX and NASA will send American astronauts to space for the first time since July 2011 on Wednesday afternoon. If all goes well, U.S. Astronauts Robert Behnken and Doug Hurley will travel to the International Space Station from Cape Canaveral, Florida at 4:33 p.m.
"SpaceX is targeting Wednesday, May 27 for Falcon 9’s launch of Crew Dragon’s second demonstration (Demo-2) mission from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. This test flight with NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley on board the Dragon spacecraft will return human spaceflight to the United States," SpaceX released in a statement about the launch.
A live feed of the event has been provided and can be watched here:
"Demo-2 is the final major test for SpaceX’s human spaceflight system to be certified by NASA for operational crew missions to and from the International Space Station. SpaceX is returning human spaceflight to the United States with one of the safest, most advanced systems ever built, and NASA’s Commercial Crew Program is a turning point for America’s future in space exploration that lays the groundwork for future missions to the Moon, Mars, and beyond," the statement continues.
Final preparations for the mission began early Thursday morning before Behnken and Hurley said goodbye to their wives, who are also astronauts, and traveled to the launch pad.