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NASA begins a new era of human spaceflight as American astronauts will once again launch on an American rocket from American soil to the International Space Station. While we may not be able to welcome you in person, we invite you to join us virtually to Kennedy Space Center to witness this historic launch.
As part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley will fly on SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft for an extended stay at the space station for the Demo-2 mission. Launch is scheduled for 4:33 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, May 27.
We've assembled these resources to bring the excitement of launch to you, wherever you may be. Here are four steps you can take register so we'll know you're virtually participating - and feel free to share any of the links below with family, friends and colleagues!
1. Register to #LAUNCHAMERICA
Let us know you’ll participate and stay up-to-date by registering! Registrants will get additional information about the opportunity to interact with NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine and Kennedy Space Center Director Robert Cabana on the day before launch.
2. PREPARE FOR LAUNCH DAY
Take Virtual Tours of the Facilities
Stop by Launch Complex 39A (launch site for Demo-2) and Space Launch Complex 41 at Kennedy Space Center.
See the design and manufacturing of the SpaceX Crew Dragon.
Visit astronaut-training facilities inside Johnson Space Center including the large swimming pool where astronauts practice spacewalks.
Take a closer look at NASA Spacecraft Simulation and Spacesuit Training.
Use the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex App to create your own virtual guided tour, find your way around the visitor complex, and learn about attractions.
May 25 tours available and May 26 tours available as live - scheduled at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., and 4 p.m. (all times EDT); for the full schedule, click here.
Prepare for the Launch with Students
The NASA Office of STEM Engagement has you covered with launch related activities and teaching resources here, including a launch day play-by-play.
Looking for even more? Check out NASA@home for students of all ages.
Follow the Mission Highlights
Changes will be made on the calendar as highlights are scheduled or achieved. They are subject to change due to mission requirements. You can also use the calendar to set up reminders for the highlights in which you’re most interested.
Calendar of Highlights
3. INTERACT WITH OTHERS FOLLOWING THE MISSION
Share: Get ready to #LaunchAmerica – From building your own rocket to rocking a spacesuit, share a video, a photo or simply your thoughts for a chance to be featured on our social media platforms.
One sharp option? Print the mission patch and use it in your photo or post.
"See:" There's a NEW 'Launch America at NASA' Instagram augmented reality filter where you can "see" the SpaceX Crew Dragon take flight in your sunglasses! Open this link from a cell phone and tag #LaunchAmerica in your story: https://go.nasa.gov/2Tppidx - Astronaut Jessica Meir uses it here!
Frame (your face!): Go to facebook.com/profilepicframes and search for “Launch America” - choose either version and you’re set!
Energize: Check out what’s already been created to #LaunchAmerica.
View what fellow NASA Virtual Guests and Social participants asked of NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine and Kennedy Space Center Director Robert Cabana the day before launch.
Practice: Dock the Crew Dragon capsule to the International Space Station with this online game.
React: Like an astronaut – to launch, to the excitement of an upcoming launch, to a great dinner, whatever you like.
Print: a mission poster, a Launch America poster and an additional version, a Crew Dragon bookmark, and trading cards for astronauts Behnken and Hurley.
Join: For more interactive social media content for this mission, join the virtual NASA Social Facebook group.
4. STREAM THE BROADCAST
Watch the joint NASA/SpaceX launch broadcast live on NASA TV beginning at 12:15 p.m. EDT on May 27 and leading up to liftoff at 4:33 p.m. EDT, then continuing through docking the next day!
Launch also will be available on local amateur VHF radio frequency 146.940 MHz and UHF radio frequency 444.925 MHz, heard within Brevard County on Florida's Space Coast.
LEARN ABOUT THE MISSION
View an animation by SpaceX of the Crew Dragon’s first mission with NASA astronauts on board the spacecraft.
Watch SpaceX's and NASA's series of mission simulations from launch and docking to departure and landing, an end-to-end demonstration of pad rescue operations, and a fully integrated test of critical crew flight hardware on the Demo-2 Crew Dragon spacecraft, with Behnken and Hurley participating in their Demo-2 spacesuits.
View SpaceX’s Crew Dragon launch escape demonstration.
Learn more about the Commercial Crew team making spaceflight history.
Follow NASA leading up to the launch! Stay informed through the various social media channels – and remember to tag us, and use our hashtags #LaunchAmerica and #CrewDragon too!