Astronauts Arrive at Kennedy Space Center Ahead of May 27 Launch

22 Mai, 2020, 17:20 | Auteur: Therese Cote
  • NASA astronauts Robert Behnken left and Doug Hurley speak during a news conference after they arrived at the Kennedy Space

President Donald Trump confirmed Thursday at the White House he is planning to attend the SpaceX/NASA manned rocket launch in Florida next week.

NASA veterans and former space shuttle astronauts Col. Doug Hurley and Col. They will also make history as the first astronauts to go into space in a privately-funded spacecraft.

"Agency and SpaceX managers gathered at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida to focus on the readiness of the Crew Dragon and systems for the Demo-2 mission; the readiness of the International Space Station Program and its international partners to support the flight; and the certification of flight readiness", a NASA blog noted.

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Hurley was a crew member on the final shuttle flight launched from the space center July 4, 2011.

Behnken called it "an opportunity but also a responsibility for the American people, for the SpaceX team, for all of NASA". Only one American, Chris Cassidy, is there now.

U.S. astronauts have been flying to the ISS on Russian Soyuz rockets since the space shuttle program ended in 2011.

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