Astronauts have not launched from the United States since 2011, and tomorrow’s mission is the beginning of a new era of space travel. NASA and SpaceX will launch two astronauts on a mission to join the crew of the International Space Station.
As part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley will fly on SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft, lifting off on a Falcon 9 rocket at 4:33 p.m. EDT May 27. This is a very exciting project, and our own NASA Solar System Ambassador, Colin White, has prepared this video to watch before the launch. Check it out!
If you would like to learn more about the Launch America project, download the Launch Day Play-by-Play from NASA, and print out your own official mission patch. You can also visit NASA’s website to take a virtual tour of the space station, review the launch day activities, and learn more about how astronauts prepare for life in orbit.