NASA Nails Down the Day Human Spaceflight Returns to the U.S.

  • NASA and SpaceX have set a tentative date, May 27 at 4:32 p.m., for the launch of the Demo-2, the first crewed mission for SpaceX.
  • Astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley will lift off for the International Space Station aboard the company’s Crew Dragon capsule and Falcon 9 rocket.
  • Since the launch of the space shuttle, NASA astronauts have snagged seats on Roscosmos’ Soyuz rocket, which launches from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

May 27. That’s the tentative date that NASA will send astronauts Bob Behnken and Douglas Hurley aboard SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule and Falcon 9 rocket to the International Space Station. If all goes according to plan, they will launch at 4:32 p.m. from Launch Pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the agency announced April 14.

It will be the first time American astronauts will be launched aboard an American-built rocket from American soil since the final launch of the space shuttle in 2011. NASA astronauts currently grab a lift to the ISS aboard Roscosmos’ Soyuz rockets, which launch from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.