Watch astronauts talk SpaceX's Demo-2 launch with 'Virtual Astronomy Live' today!

An animation showing SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule, which is set to launch May 27, 2020.
An animation showing SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule, which is set to launch May 27, 2020. (Image credit: SpaceX)

Today (May 21), former NASA astronauts Mike Massimino and Garrett Reisman will go live to chat about SpaceX's upcoming historic launch. 

The free, live virtual event, an installment in the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum's Virtual Astronomy Live series, will go live today from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. EDT (1930 to 2100 GMT). You can watch it here at the Kerbal Space Academy's website.

Massimino, who currently serves as senior advisor of space programs at the Intrepid, and Reisman, who serves as a senior advisor at SpaceX, will be chatting about SpaceX's upcoming Crew Dragon Demo-2 mission, which is set to launch next week on May 27. 

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SpaceX's Demo-2 Crew Dragon test flight with astronauts

This event is hosted and co-produced by John "Das" Galloway, who founded the Kerbal Space Academy, and moderated by Summer Ash, an astrophysicist, rocket scientist and science communicator. 

"I remember hearing about SpaceX and what they wanted to do and all the other private companies and watching their progress was just amazing," Massimino told about watching the evolution of commercial spaceflight leading up to this historic launch. 

"It's really historic and important to do this, launching from the U.S. from an astronaut's perspective is, I think, completely different than watching from another country," Massimino said, adding that "it also is interesting because it's, I think, a sign of things to come as far as the way things are being done in space by more private companies, as NASA is partnering [with] a private company to supply the launch vehicle and using those services." 

NASA astronaut Mike Massimino, STS-125 mission specialist, occupies the commander’s station on the flight deck of the Space Shuttle Atlantis on May 19, 2009. (Image credit: NASA)

Demo-2 will launch veteran NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to the International Space Station aboard a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule. Behnken and Reisman actually flew together on STS-123 as part of NASA's space shuttle program. 

This historic launch will be a huge step forward for commercial spaceflight and human spaceflight in general, as it will be the first crewed launch to orbit to lift off from American soil since the shuttle program ended in 2011. The mission will lift off May 27 at 4:32 p.m. EDT (2032 GMT) from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. 

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Chelsea Gohd
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Chelsea “Foxanne” Gohd joined in 2018 and is now a Senior Writer, writing about everything from climate change to planetary science and human spaceflight in both articles and on-camera in videos. With a degree in Public Health and biological sciences, Chelsea has written and worked for institutions including the American Museum of Natural History, Scientific American, Discover Magazine Blog, Astronomy Magazine and Live Science. When not writing, editing or filming something space-y, Chelsea "Foxanne" Gohd is writing music and performing as Foxanne, even launching a song to space in 2021 with Inspiration4. You can follow her on Twitter @chelsea_gohd and @foxannemusic.