A SpaceX spacecraft carrying two NASA astronauts soared into outer space — marking the first time humans have traveled into Earth's orbit from US soil in nearly a decade.
Liftoff occurred just after 3:20 pm ET from Florida's Kennedy Space Center. Astronauts Robert Behnken, 49, and Douglas Hurley, 53, will spend about 19 hours aboard SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule as it slowly maneuvers its way toward the International Space Station.
For the first time in nine years, NASA astronauts launched to orbit from U.S. soil. And for the first time ever, their ride to space was a craft designed and owned by a private company.
Astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley rocketed to space Saturday afternoon aboard a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule, en route to the International Space Station. Despite some initial weather concerns, SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 12:22 p.m. EDT. The capsule is set to dock at the station early Sunday morning at 10:29 a.m. EDT. Watch live as NASA and SpaceX launch the Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon capsule with two U.S. astronauts, in a history-making flight to the International Space Station. For the first time in nearly a decade, a rocket will launch from the U.S. at Cape Canaveral, Florida, with astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley. Reporting from the Countdown Clock at NASA's Kennedy Space Center — America's spaceport — officials from NASA provided an update May 29 about the upcoming second attempt on May 30 to launch SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft to space carrying NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley.
Watch this video to see NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, NASA Deputy Administrator Jim Morhard, Kennedy Space Center Director Bob Cabana, and astronauts Kjell Lindgren and Nicole Mann share their insights about the mission.
NASA and SpaceX now are targeting 3:22 p.m. EDT Saturday, May 30, for the launch of the first commercially built and operated American rocket and spacecraft carrying astronauts to the space station. The first launch attempt, on May 27, was scrubbed due to unfavorable weather conditions.
Learn more about the mission: www.nasa.gov/launchamerica