SpaceX is going to put America’s space program back on the map. It will happen later today, Wednesday, May 27 at 4:33 p.m. Eastern Time with the historic “Launch America.” Two U.S. astronauts are scheduled to launch with the SpaceX Dragon Demo-2 mission, leaving NASA’s agency Kennedy Space Center in Florida, to join the International Space Station (ISS).
The event is historic for several reasons: first, it will be the first time since 2011 that the U.S. has launched from American soil, and second, it’s a collaboration with Elon Musk’s private company SpaceX, which builds rockets for space travel.
Also, the event will be telecast live for the world via the Internet, and NASA is planning to make it iconic.
Our first crewed @SpaceX test flight is on May 27 and we're inviting the public to come along for the ride — virtually.
— NASA Social (@NASASocial) May 13, 2020
NASA is not sending a rebuilt space shuttle into space but allowing it’s astronauts Douglas G. Hurley and Robert Behnken to head out on Musk’s rocket. His engineers have been working around the clock on ensuring that they can deliver the astronauts safely to the station.
It will also potentially change the future of space travel, as private companies can participate in space travel throughout the galaxy, and maybe even to Mars sometime in the future.
“This is a unique opportunity to bring all of America together in one moment in time and say, look at how bright the future is,” said Jim Bridenstine, NASA’s administrator, during Tuesday’s news conference in preparation for the launch.
Also, NASA social media is really playing up the launch and introducing America’s two brave astronauts to the world through the agency’s Twitter and Instagram accounts.
That feeling when you're about to make history.
Meet @AstroBehnken and @Astro_Doug: the first humans to launch to the @Space_Station from American soil since the final space shuttle mission in 2011: https://t.co/5E8hmUx1sj pic.twitter.com/bnCYKXYJLT
— NASA Social (@NASASocial) May 27, 2020