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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. 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

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 joined Space.com as an intern in the summer of 2018 and returned as a Staff Writer in 2019. After receiving a B.S. in Public Health, she worked as a science communicator at the American Museum of Natural History. Chelsea has written for publications including Scientific American, Discover Magazine Blog, Astronomy Magazine, Live Science, All That is Interesting, AMNH Microbe Mondays blog, The Daily Targum and Roaring Earth. When not writing, reading or following the latest space and science discoveries, Chelsea is writing music, singing, playing guitar and performing with her band Foxanne (@foxannemusic). You can follow her on Twitter @chelsea_gohd. 

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