Trump says may attend SpaceX manned rocket launch

Rodiano Bonacci
Mag 23, 2020

U.S. astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley are scheduled to blast off from Kennedy's Launch Pad 39A at 4:33 pm (2033 GMT) on Wednesday for the International Space Station, which is now housing two Russians and one American.

SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon spacecraft are being prepared for the historic Demo-2 mission that will launch NASA astronauts into space from USA soil for the first time since 2011. NASA's iconic "worm" logo can clearly be seen plastered onto the side of the Falcon 9 as it is being rolled out, while the SpaceX logo can be seen as it is being raised.

SpaceX also tweeted a time-lapse video of the preparations Thursday.

The preparations for the launch are pushing through just days before the historic launch that will mark the United States' return to human spaceflight after nearly a decade. On board will be NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken, the first ever astronauts to be carried aboard a private USA -built spacecraft, and the first humans to launch into space from US soil since the end of the space program in 2011.

Behnken and Hurley are already at the Kennedy Space Center, and, on Thursday, NASA and SpaceX participated in a Flight Readiness Review in which they had thorough discussions about the requirements for the Demo-2 flight test.

This is also notable as the first space flight programme to be carried out as a public-private partnership, with SpaceX producing the Crew Dragon spacecraft and Boeing producing the Starliner. NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken are scheduled to launch at 4:33 p.m. EDT on May 27.

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