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How to watch SpaceX's historic crewed launch Wednesday

How to watch SpaceX's historic crewed launch Wednesday”

Entrepreneur Elon Musk's SpaceX is set to launch two American astronauts to the International Space Station on Wednesday from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, ending the US space agency's nine-year hiatus in human spaceflight.

Astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken are set to board the SpaceX Dragon capsule and make the trip to the International Space Station. A quartet of current and former astronauts and NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine will offer expert insight for the program, which also will feature an interview with astronaut Chris Cassidy from the ISS.

The SpaceX Demo-2 launch is scheduled to liftoff at 4:33 p.m. ET from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence will be among those watching in-person at the space center.

The flight would mark the first time a private company sent humans into orbit.

You can watch the NASA TV stream below. But that's not the only historic part of this mission; this will also be the first time ever American astronauts take a commercial aircraft into space.

That included lowering the Falcon 9 rocket from the vertical to horizontal position at Launch Complex 39A for what NASA described as an inspection of a water radiator system used by ground support equipment to keep the spacecraft cool. "But we went into it with a very open mind". "When starting at SpaceX in 2002, I really did not think this day would occur".

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"Appreciate your resilience sitting there in the vehicle", a controller replied. The ones Behnken and Hurley will wear are pressure suits, akin to what fighter-jet pilots wear. The Dragon capsule will splash down in the Atlantic Ocean using four parachutes - the first time a water landing has been made by astronauts since the Apollo era.

Despite concerns over the coronavirus outbreak, the launch is still set to take place. "This is a big moment in time". I know my kids are going to be so excited to watch this! The U.S. sat out manned space missions while Russian Federation and China carried out dozens of them.

Bridenstine declared the manned SpaceX flight a "go" last week after NASA and the company convened for final engineering checks.

NASA pushed ahead with the launch despite the viral outbreak but asked spectators to stay at home.

Hours before the launch, cars and RVs already were lining the causeway in Cape Canaveral, with prime views of the pad. "The capsule in SpaceX is actually a low risk to launching".

Among the sightseers was Erin Gatz, who came prepared for both rain and pandemic. Accompanied by her 14-year-old daughter and 12-year-old son, she brought face masks and a small tent. The space company launched its Crew Dragon capsule from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 10:30 am (1530 GMT) to check the capsule's ability to reliably carry crew to safety in the event of an emergency on ascent. "It's exciting and hopeful".

"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 said in a statement.



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