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NASA is about to usher in a new era of human spaceflight. On May 27, American astronauts will once again launch on an American rocket from U.S. soil to the International Space Station. NASA’s Commercial Crew Program and commercial industry partner, SpaceX, are taking a major step on the path to returning human spaceflight from American soil for the first time since the end of the Space Shuttle Program in 2011.
NASA representatives will be available virtually on Tuesday May 26 from 4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. EDT and again on Wednesday, May 27, 6 a.m. - 12 p.m. EDT - just hours before launch - from Cape Canaveral nearby the agency’s Kennedy Space Center. Find out how your viewers can join NASA online to experience this historic event. This is an exciting time for space travel, as NASA and commercial partners pave the way for regular, cost-effective crewed flights to the space station from U.S. soil.
Participating talent include: Tuesday May 26 from 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. EDT Bob Cabana / Kennedy Space Center Director and Former Astronaut Rosa Avalos Warren / Human Space Flight Mission Manager [interviews in Spanish]
Wednesday May 27 from 6 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. EDT on location at Kennedy Space Center, FL James Morhard / NASA Deputy Administrator Steve Payne / Former Launch Integration Manager [interviews in Spanish] Gabe Sherman / NASA’s Chief of Staff
Wednesday May 27 from 6 a.m. - 12 p.m. EDT. Location: Houston, TX and Maryland Rosa Avalos Warren / Human Space Flight Mission Manager [interviews in Spanish] 6 a.m. - 8 a.m. Mike Barratt / Astronaut - OR - Tracy Caldwell Dyson / Astronaut 8 a.m. - 10 a.m. Butch Wilmore / Astronaut - OR - Steve Bowen / Astronaut 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Mike Fincke / Astronaut - OR - Rex Walheim / Astronaut
SpaceX is scheduled to launch its new Crew Dragon spacecraft with NASA astronauts on board Wednesday, May 27, at 4:32 p.m. EDT. The spacecraft will launch atop the Falcon 9 rocket from the historic Launch Pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Veteran NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley will be the first to fly on the new Crew Dragon, launching from the same pad where Apollo 11 launched to the Moon 50 years ago.