NASA, SpaceX set date for historic launch of astronauts to ISS

Mark your calendar for May 27, the first launch of astronauts from US soil in nearly 10 years.

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It's a beautiful sight. NASA's classic "worm logo" is emblazoned on the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket that will launch Crew Dragon astronauts to the ISS.


The last space shuttle launched in 2011 and NASA hasn't sent astronauts to space from US soil since then. That long dry patch is set to end on May 27 when the SpaceX Crew Dragon is scheduled to head to the International Space Station with two crew members on board.

NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine posted the news on social media Friday along with a short video hyping the event.

The launch will mark a critical milestone for NASA's Commercial Crew Program, which involves SpaceX and Boeing developing vehicles capable of carrying humans to the ISS. This goal is to end NASA's reliance on Russian Soyuz spacecraft. 

NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley are the crew for the Demo-2 mission. The SpaceX Demo-1 mission took place in early 2019 when an uncrewed Crew Dragon made a successful journey to the ISS and back.

The mission will launch from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida with an assist from a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket emblazoned with a throwback NASA "worm" logo

NASA and SpaceX hope the Demo-2 mission will mark the beginning a new era in human spaceflight followed by regular launches of crew to the ISS.

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