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NASA 19 May 2020

Live Cargo Launch to the International Space Station From Japan

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All systems are ‘GO' for another rocket launch! Tomorrow, May 20, watch as the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) uncrewed HTV spacecraft lifts off from Japan, on a mission to carry cargo to the International Space Station. It'll deliver more than four tons of supplies, water, spare parts and experiment hardware for the station crew. Live coverage begins at 1 p.m. EDT with liftoff scheduled for 1:31 p.m. EDT.


"What if we built a bridge, between and above all nations, to jointly discover the galaxy's great unknowns?" Join us this fall as we prepare to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the International Space Station. As a global endeavor, 240 people from 19 countries have visited the unique microgravity laboratory, which has hosted more than 2,800 research investigations from scientists in over 100 nations.
Two U.S. astronauts returned to Earth on Sunday, August 2, splashing safely into the Gulf of Mexico after a two-month mission to the International Space Station aboard the commercially developed SpaceX spacecraft Crew Dragon.
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NASA is enabling safe, reliable, and cost-effective crew transportation to and from the International Space Station from two private companies - Spacex and Boeing. NASA's Commercial Crew Program represents a revolutionary approach to government and commercial collaborations for the advancement of space exploration.

For the first time in history, NASA astronauts launched from American soil in a commercially built and operated American crew spacecraft to the space station. The SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft carrying NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley launched May 31 on the company's Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. They returned to Earth and splashed down in the Dragon Endeavor capsule on Sunday, Aug. 2, off the coast of Pensacola, Florida.

Known as NASA's SpaceX Demo-2, the mission is an end-to-end test flight to validate the SpaceX crew transportation system, including launch, in-orbit, docking and landing operations. The program demonstrates NASA's commitment to investing in commercial companies through public-private partnerships and builds on the success of American companies, including SpaceX, already delivering cargo to the space station. Boeing will also complete an uncrewed flight test followed by a crewed flight test for certification to fly NASA astronauts to the space station.
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