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What time is the SpaceX launch on Saturday, and can I see it live?

Telegraph 30 May 2020 05:18

Nasa and SpaceX are on course to make history on Saturday by launching two astronauts inside the Crew Dragon capsule from US soil for the first time since 2011.

Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley will travel to the International Space Station (ISS) at 8.22pm UK time on May 30, in a spacecraft built by billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk's company.

An earlier launch attempt on Wednesday was scrubbed due to fears of a lightning strike.

If Saturday's attempt is successful, it will be the first time the feat has been performed by a privately-owned company.

Libby Jackson, human exploration programme manager at the UK Space Agency, said the work done by SpaceX and Nasa is not only a huge stepping stone for the US but also a "major milestone for the global space sector".

"We have been dependent on just a single way of getting to and from this amazing scientific laboratory we have up there,” she said. 

Here's everything you need to know about this mission.

What is the purpose of this mission?

The mission, known as Demo-2, will allow the US to once again send humans into space.

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