Two astronauts are ready launch into space from the Kennedy Space Center for the first time in nearly a decade this afternoon.
Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley will blast off from Cape Canaveral to the International Space Station.
President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence will be at Kennedy Space Center to view the launch set for 4:33 p.m. Eastern Time.
But with all the new equipment safety is a concern because SpaceX has lost a Falcon 9 in 2015 and 2016.
And just over a year ago, an explosion destroyed a SpaceX Dragon capsule, like the one scheduled to launch today.
NASA putting the odds of catastrophic failure at 1 in 270.
Targeting 4:33 p.m. EDT today for Falcon 9’s launch of Crew Dragon with @NASA astronauts on board. Teams are closely monitoring launch and downrange weather → https://t.co/bJFjLCilmc pic.twitter.com/XyyT9YgESB
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) May 27, 2020
If the launch goes off as planned around 4:30 this afternoon, the pair will be headed to the International Space Station.
We will carry the launch live on air and on line if and when it happens.
It will be the first space crew to launch from the U.S. since 2011.
It’s also the first time NASA is pairing with a private company to send astronauts into space.
Dragon Dawn pic.twitter.com/mz1EzU5GSO
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 26, 2020