Where and at what time can we follow the launch today?
So today the appointment, a Cape Canaveral, in Florida, it is set for today at 15.22, 21.22 in Italy. If it should go badly due to the weather, even today we will try again tomorrow (Sunday 31 May) at 15 local, 21 in Italy. On Twitter it will be possible to follow the live broadcast, thanks to the hashtag #LaunchAmerica. Those who do not want to miss anything, can watch YouTube on live of NASA.
Follow the live video: the long preparation and the launch
Astronauts: who they are
The Demo-2 mission represents the first transport of astronauts in orbit from American soil since the last shuttle to the moon. The launch pad, the 39A, the same from which the Apollo 11 started, is also iconic. On board two NASA veterans, Bob Behnken, 49 years old, and Doug Hurley, 53 years old. Behnken has been on the shuttle twice, in 2008 and 2010, spending over 708 hours in orbit and taking 6 spacewalks. Hurley also has two missions behind him, including the final shuttle mission aboard the Atlantis, which took off on July 8, 2011. Today they will not be wearing the traditional orange shuttle suit but a white outfit with dark gray friezes reminiscent of Star stormtroopers. Wars, license plate Space X and designed by the sculptor and costume designer of Hollywood Jose Fernandez.
The journey to space it will last about 10 minutes. After about two minutes, part of Falcon 9 will return to Earth, where it will be recovered from a ship stationed in the Atlantic ocean. The capsule of the Crew Dragon will continue towards the ISS, which is expected to reach in 24 hours.
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