The historic launch of SpaceX Crew Dragon is set to take place on Sunday after a temporary delay due to weather, and the partnership with NASA is set to be the first private space mission that will bring astronauts to the International Space Station. Four astronauts who have trained with NASA will man the Crew Dragon craft, and many people are eager to watch this historic launch and what could be the most important mission in SpaceX's tenure. Set to take place at the Kennedy Space Center, here's everything you need to know to watch this historic launch.
Coverage of the event was supposed to begin on NASA TV on Saturday at 3:30 PM EST, though after the delay that window of time could change for Sunday. The docking, which would have taken place on 4:20 AM EST on Sunday, will likely follow after a similar lapse in time.
Here's what you need to know for how to watch the SpaceX Crew Dragon launch:
- What: NASA launches 4 astronauts aboard a SpaceX Crew Dragon on a mission to the International Space Station
- Date: Sunday, November 15, 2020
- Time: Live coverage begins at 3:30 pm EST
- Launch targeted for 7:27 pm EST
- Location: Kennedy Space Center, Florida
- Online stream: Live on CBSN in the player above and on your mobile or streaming device.
- Liftoff from historic pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center is targeted for 7:27 pm EST Monday, just a few minutes after the space station passes 260 miles overhead.
People can still watch the launch on YouTube by clicking this link. Be sure to stay updated on SpaceX and NASA's latest plans in case weather continues to affect the conditions for the launch.
"As you can imagine, we are very excited to be here in Florida at the Kennedy Space Center for the final days before our launch to the International Space Station," said mission commander Michael Hopkins during a press conference this week.
He added, "We’ve been here less than 24 hours, and in that time we have seen our rocket, we have seen our space vehicle Resilience, and we’ve seen our space suits. For an astronaut, that’s considered a pretty good day."
The crew of astronauts are expected to stick around on the International Space Station for six months for a routine round of maintenance, as well as conducting science experiments. While there are issues regarding the sleeping arrangements on the ISS due to a lack of quarters, Hopkins indicated that the crew would be sleeping on the Crew Dragon SpaceX shuttle.
Stay tuned for more details about the updated launch plans.
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