NASA, SpaceX send austronauts into orbit,

NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley walk out of the Operations and Checkout Building on their way to the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket

The two men have been in quarantine for the past two weeks.

Liftoff from the Kennedy Space Center is set for 3:33 p.m. CDT, the first launch from American soil since the last space shuttle mission in 2011.

SpaceX is in the process of preparing for its historic first astronaut launch, with a mission to demonstrate its human spaceflight capabilities by flying NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken to the International Space Station.

The development has experienced delays, explosions, and parachute problems - but even so SpaceX has beaten the aviation giant Boeing to the punch.

Feed provided by NASA TV and will feature programs and features until the countdown begins.

The launch, which will be attended by President Donald Trump, is crucial for Musk, SpaceX and NASA. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said he hopes this launch will inspire awe and uplift the general public during the ongoing coronavirus health crisis.

It looks entirely different than the huge winged space shuttles that carried astronauts into space from U.S. soil from 1981 to 2011.

In press briefings, Behnken and Hurley said they'd been tested twice for COVID-19 and expected to be tested one final time before launch. After Wednesday's launch, the coverage will continue on Thursday, May 28, for docking of Crew Dragon at the International Space Station. Since then, NASA has been forced to pay Russia to send people into space on Russian Soyuz spacecraft. The thing is that the contract between SpaceX and NASA provides for the implementation of several more missions to deliver people to space.



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