Elon Musk is trying to make more room historical past … SpaceX is trying to launch 2 NASA astronauts to the International Space Station … and TMZ shall be dwell streaming the mission.
Dubbed Demo-2, the mission marks the primary time ever a business aerospace firm is sending people into Earth’s orbit. The milestone is a decade within the making, as human spaceflight lastly returns to American soil.
The launch of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon is ready for 4:33 PM ET from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida … and the Falcon 9 rocket carrying the capsule is taking off from the historic Pad 39A, which famously launched Apollo 11 means again in 1969, the primary moon touchdown.
SpaceX and NASA are streaming the launch from takeoff all the way in which till Crew Dragon docks with the ISS, and it ought to take the capsule about 19 hours to journey from Florida to the house station.
The two veteran astronauts aboard the Dragon spacecraft are 49-year-old Robert Behnken and 53-year-old Douglas Hurley.
NASA says it needs to maintain the astronauts on the ISS till one other Crew Dragon capsule is able to ship extra people on SpaceX’s subsequent mission. Robert and Douglas say they’re anticipating to spend 1 to three months in house earlier than returning dwelling in Crew Dragon, which can land within the Atlantic Ocean.
SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Crew Dragon into Earth’s higher environment, the place the capsule will separate and use its personal thrusters to make its strategy to the ISS. The capsule is absolutely autonomous, so the astronauts will not have a lot to do, until one thing loopy occurs. The rocket, in the meantime, ought to land on a drone ship after launch.
SpaceX has a $2.6 BILLION contract with NASA … and the launch marks the primary time the United States is sending its personal astronauts into house since 2011, when the Space Shuttle Program ended.
Oh, and the capsule has a bathroom, which may come in useful in the course of the 19-hour experience.