- NASA and SpaceX’s historic launch to the International Space Station on will live stream on May 27.
Igniting a new era of human spaceflight, SpaceX will launch its Crew Dragon capsule that will carry NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken to the International Space Station (ISS). As a historic milestone in over a decade, American Astronauts will launch to space on the same pad since the last space shuttle flight, and on the first-ever launch aboard a private spaceflight company’s rocket and spacecraft. Hurley and Behnken will be the first astronauts to fly a new type of spacecraft.
“It’s probably a dream of every test pilot school student to have the opportunity to fly on a brand-new spaceship, and I’m lucky enough to get that opportunity with my good friend here,” Behnken said at a recent press conference with Hurley.
Founded by Elon Musk, SpaceX is a private company for designing rockets and spacecrafts, alongside NASA’s commercial crew astronauts to help design the interior of the Crew Dragon. “SpaceX has been an amazing partner of NASA for many years, including resupply of the International Space Station, and soon, with providing crew,” NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine mentioned on a call with reporters. “This is a very exciting time.” Through this mission, and if successful, SpaceX will carve a new way for agencies, including NASA, to go to space by purchasing a ride from private companies.
How to Stream Live
A global two-hour live stream and television event coverage LAUNCH AMERICA: MISSION TO SPACE LIVE commences on Wednesday, May 27 at 3 p.m. ET, presented by ABC News and National Geographic.
The live coverage will also include profiles on Behnken and Hurley, as well as SpaceX and Elon Musk’s roles in the launch; and exclusive interviews with former NASA astronaut Christina Koch, female astronaut record holder for the longest single trip in space, former NASA astronaut Cady Coleman, who completed two Space Shuttle missions and a six-month trip aboard the ISS, and more. Factors, such as the weather or mechanical issues, may delay the liftoff. If the first launch attempt is canceled on May 27, the mission has backup dates planned for May 30 from 2 pm to 4 pm ET. NASA urges spectators to stay safe at home and stream the event due to COVID-19.
ABC News and National Geographic are two leading powerhouses in news and science dominating television, streaming, and social media. Their joint collaboration on hosting this event is for the purpose to bring a real-time coverage of the historical event to the entire country and through multiple platforms. “National Geographic has such a rich tradition of supporting and celebrating exploration that pushes the boundaries of human achievement, so we couldn’t be more excited to partner with ABC News to provide exclusive access to the country’s top experts while delivering the most up-to-the-minute, breaking coverage of this milestone event,” says National Geographic’s Geoff Daniels, Executive Vice President, Global Unscripted Entertainment.
“This is the perfect moment to remind viewers everywhere about the power of the human spirit and how science is leading the way forward.” Marc Burstein, Senior Executive Producer of Special Events, ABC News remarked “It’s an uplifting story about the American spirit and resolve, heroism, innovation and determination.”