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Don’t Miss The Historic SpaceX Rocket Launch Carrying Astronauts Across US Skies This Afternoon

By Jack Saddler

Watch this space tonight. Sorry, that space.

This afternoon, you’ll be able to catch a very special live stream of humans being launched into space.

Yes, a rocket carrying astronauts will be visible in parts of the US, but everyone will be able to catch a glimpse of it live online here, courtesy of NASA TV!

The historic Demo-2 manned mission from SpaceX and NASA is sending passengers from America to the International Space Station (ISS).

Billionaire Elon Musk’s company SpaceX are combining with space giants NASA for the first launch of NASA astronauts on a commercial spacecraft. It is also the first set of astronauts launched into space from US soil in nine years.

The Falcon 9 rocket will take off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, beginning a 19-hour voyage to the International Space Station. The so-called Crew Dragon spacecraft will feature two NASA astronauts; Robert Behnken, 48, and Douglas Hurley, 53. Upon arrival at the ISS, the astronauts will spend somewhere between one and four months living and working.

Falcon 9 is due to take off at 1:33pm PT.

This mission is acting as a demonstration for SpaceX to prove their ability to safely ship astronauts to and from the International Space Station. If successful, they may be certified by NASA’s program to carry out long-term manned missions to space.

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