SpaceX, NASA near historic launch: ‘The hatch is closed’

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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.

SPACEX, NASA, ASTRONAUTS MAKING FINAL PREPARATIONS: ‘WE’RE GO FOR LAUNCH’

NASA astronauts Bob Behnken (R) and Doug Hurley (L) walk out of the Operations and Checkout Building on their way to the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with the Crew Dragon spacecraft on launch pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center on May 27, 2020 in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

NASA astronauts Bob Behnken (R) and Doug Hurley (L) stroll out of the Operations and Checkout Constructing on their strategy to the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with the Crew Dragon spacecraft on launch pad 39A on the Kennedy Area Heart on Could 27, 2020 in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
(Photograph by Joe Raedle/Getty Pictures)

“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.

Comply with James Rogers on Twitter @jamesjrogers



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