How to Watch Today's Historic Rocket Launch

SpaceX + NASA Are Sending Humans Into Space Again

May 27, 2020
Crew Dragon Capsule Atop SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Moves Into Position

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Today, for the first time since 2011, humans will be rocketed into space from American soil and you can live stream the whole thing (below). When NASA ended the space shuttle program, the USA started sending humans to the International Space Station by paying the Russians a bazillion rubles to strap 'em into a Soyuz rocket and get into orbit.

For the first time ever, NASA will partner with a private company, SpaceX, to ferry their human cargo, astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken, into space. Stuffed inside the Crew Dragon capsule, this flight will conduct safety tests and procedures and give the spacemen a chance to manually approach the ISS. One cool touch, the rocket will feature the old school NASA "worm" logo from the Saturn V days of the program.

Can you imagine how stressful that's gotta be for the two astronauts?! "Did they lock that hatch? Is there a button for that? What's that smell?"

Launch of the Falcon 9 with Crew Dragon capsule is set for 1:33 pm PDT, weather permitting, with coverage beginning at 9:00 am PDT.

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