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SpaceX's historic Demo-2 astronaut launch: Photos, videos and awesome tweets

UPDATE: SpaceX's first attempt to launch the Demo-2 mission on Wednesday (May 27) was scrubbed due to bad weather (opens in new tab). The next launch try is set for today (May 30) at 3:22 p.m. EDT (1922 GMT). 

Veteran NASA astronauts are setting out to make history today (May 30) with SpaceX's Demo-2 mission and everyone from celebrities to astronauts is celebrating around the world.

Astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley have trained tirelessly to launch today aboard SpaceX's Crew Dragon from NASA's Kennedy Space Center all the way to the International Space Station with Demo-2. The pair, who are experienced test pilots as well as veteran astronauts, have worked hard to get to this moment where they will be the first humans to fly this capsule to orbit.

Demo-2 will be a historic launch as it's the first crewed launch to orbit from the U.S. in nearly a decade, since NASA's space shuttle program closed in 2011. People around the world are thrilled to watch the event live (remotely), and are sharing their excitement online. 

Full coverage: SpaceX's historic Demo-2 astronaut launch explained (opens in new tab)

Check out some celebratory tweets, photos, videos and more from people awaiting this historic moment below.

We will post updates here throughout the day, so be sure to check back later for the latest news from SpaceX's historic Demo-2 mission!

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May 27: 1st Launch attempt

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Chelsea Gohd
Chelsea Gohd

Chelsea “Foxanne” Gohd joined Space.com 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.