Kennedy Space Center, Florida – SpaceX’s Demo-2 mission successfully launched its first crewed mission for NASA on Saturday after bad weather thwarted its first liftoff attempt.
The launch began a 19-hour journey to the International Space Station, where the astronauts will spend between one and four months living and working. SpaceX’s Dragon Endeavour spacecraft will dock with the orbiting laboratory this morning.
NASA International Space Station
The mission blasted off from Kennedy Space Center’s historic Launch Pad 39A. Two veteran NASA astronauts, Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley, were tucked inside the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule. Dem-2 marked the first launch of NASA astronauts on an commercial spacecraft and the first launch of American astronauts into orbit on a U.S.-built vehicle from America since 2011.
Launch Stream – NASA/SpaceX