Space is awesome! That sentiment doesn’t diminish as you grow older, folks. Now, thanks to c|net, there’s a way to watch SpaceX‘s Crew Dragon safely transfer Crew-1 members to the International Space Station. The launch takes place this Saturday, November 14.
This isn’t the first transfer for SpaceX or NASA. Back in May, the Demo-2 mission delivered two NASA astronauts to the International Space Station. This go-round, NASA astronauts Shannon Walker, Victor Glover and Michael Hopkins will join JAXA (Japanese space agency) astronaut Soichi Noguchi for a six-month stay aboard the ISS. The launch will take place at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
NASA will kick off the festivities with a livestream starting at 12:30pm PST. From there, continuous coverage will be provided regarding the mission. We’ll get to see the docking, the hatch opening and the welcome ceremony. Targeted lift-off is at 4:49pm PST. Docking is scheduled for Sunday at 1:20am PST.
Initially, the launch was planned for an earlier date. However, a technical issue cropped up with some of Falcon 9’s rocket engines. Thankfully, all systems are a go and the crew is ready for lift-off!
NASA reported on their blog that this launch is an historic one: “The Crew Dragon, including the Falcon 9 rocket and associated ground systems, is the first new crew spacecraft to be NASA-certified for regular flights with astronauts since the space shuttle nearly 40 years ago.”
You can check out the livestream for SpaceX’s history-making launch below.
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UPDATE: According to Space.com, the SpaceX Crew-1 launch has been delayed due to “weather delays from Tropical Storm Eta that affected SpaceX’s drone ship rocket recovery operations.” High winds played a factor in ensuring the ship left on time. Thus, the launch has been rescheduled for no earlier than Sunday, November 15 at 4:27pm PST. However, should inclement weather cause more strife for the launch, SpaceX will have to wait until Wednesday, November 18 to try again.
Now, the 24-hour delay will mean a longer trip to the International Space Station for the Crew-1 astronauts. You can still tune in to the livestream above of the scheduled launch on Sunday, November 15 starting at 12:15pm PST. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled here for more SpaceX launch updates as they come.