Astronauts arriving for NASA’s 1st home launch in decade

This Tesla Model X Will Transport Two Astronauts To SpaceX’s Launch Pad

To celebrate the class of 2020 - from kindergarten to graduate school - SpaceX and NASA are inviting students from around the world to submit their photo to fly on America's first human spaceflight in almost a decade.

NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley will depart Ellington Field aboard a Gulfstream plane to travel to the Kennedy Space Center.

America Returns to Space, hosted by Chris Jacobs, will air live on May 27 at 2 p.m. ET from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The historic flight marks the first time astronauts have flown into orbit using a spaceship built by a private company.

The two Shuttle-era astronauts will spend the next week in a familiar facility.

LiveU will be providing its LU600 4K HEVC field unit to the NASA TV crew to document the astronaut's trip from the holding area to the rocket ship launch pad and the subsequent launch.

NASA has been depending on Russia's space agency for manned launches since the ending of the Space Shuttle program in 2011.

The two are scheduled to blast off next Wednesday afternoon atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, bound for the International Space Station.

Since then, the only way to the space station for astronauts has been on Russian rockets launched from Kazakhstan.

During these tough times, Bridenstine said, "this is a moment when we can all look and be inspired as to what the future holds".

"I nearly wish I was a young astronaut again", he said, referring to NASA's plans to return to the moon in four years.



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