A satellite has spotted SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon standing tall on a launch pad in Florida, ready for this week's historic crewed flight.
Astronauts haven't launched from Florida since 2011, when NASA retired its space shuttle fleet. That changes this week with a milestone launch called Demo-2, part of NASA's commercial crew program. NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley will step inside a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule and blast off to the International Space Station, with launch scheduled for Wednesday (May 27).
Maxar's WorldView-3 satellite caught a glance at their new ride on Saturday (May 23) at 11:51 a.m. EDT (1551 GMT). At the time its camera spotted the rocket, the satellite was about 400 miles (650 kilometers) east of NASA's Kennedy Space Center, soaring over the Atlantic Ocean.
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According to Maxar, the images were taken just as Behnken and Hurley stopped by the launch site for a dress rehearsal of the big day. During the rehearsal, a "dry-run" test that did not fuel the Falcon 9 rocket, the two astronauts donned their SpaceX spacesuits, headed to the launch pad in NASA-branded Tesla Model X SUVs and climbed inside their Crew Dragon craft to practice launch day activities.
While that was the last practice for launch, there are plenty of events to watch between now and the historic flight.
On Monday (May 25), NASA will hold one last briefing on the mission; check back for final scheduling details from the agency. On Tuesday (May 26), Administrator Jim Bridenstine will update the nation from the countdown clock at Kennedy at 10 a.m. EDT (1400 GMT). The festivities on Wednesday will begin at 12 p.m. EDT (1600 GMT) with live views of the rocket on the launch pad.
Their flight is scheduled to blast off Wednesday at 4:33 p.m. EDT (2033 GMT), which will begin a 19-hour trip to the International Space Station.
Once at the orbiting laboratory, the duo will meet their new roommates, who have been in orbit since April, and bring the crew onboard up to five. Currently, NASA's Chris Cassidy is commanding the space station, joined by Russian cosmonauts Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner. Behnken and Hurley will remain in space for between one and four months.
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