SpaceX and NASA are within the last phases of preparations for the historic launch that may ship astronauts again to area from American soil for the primary time since 2011.
Astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken are scheduled to launch at 4:33 p.m. EDT from Kennedy Area Heart’s launch pad 39A, which was additionally used for the Apollo and area shuttle packages.
The astronauts are within the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft that may carry them to the Worldwide Area Station.
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“The hatch is closed. The crew is settled in. #LaunchAmerica is on,” tweeted NASA shortly earlier than three p.m. EDT.
Earlier the astronauts stated farewell to their households, Vice President Mike Pence, second woman Karen Pence, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk and NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine.
President Donald Trump has additionally arrived at Kennedy Area Heart to observe the launch.
The launch would be the first time a personal firm, slightly than a nationwide authorities, sends astronauts into orbit.
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Launched atop the Falcon 9 rocket, Crew Dragon will speed up to roughly 17,000 mph, in accordance with NASA, inserting the capsule heading in the right direction for the Worldwide Area Station.
The Related Press contributed to this text.
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