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Live: SpaceX Crew Dragon launch 2nd attempt

By T.K. Randall
May 30, 2020 · Comment icon 72 comments

Join the livestream as Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken launch from US soil aboard a SpaceX Crew Dragon.
Ever since the Space Shuttle Atlantis touched down for the final time on July 21st, 2011, NASA has had to rely on the Russian space agency's Soyuz spacecraft to carry astronauts up to the ISS.

Today however that will all be set to change when NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken blast off to the International Space Station aboard a Crew Dragon spacecraft.

It will be the first time SpaceX has ever launched humans into space, as well as the first time that astronauts have lifted off from US soil in 9 years.

The launch had been set to take place back on May 27th, however bad weather forced NASA to postpone it until today.

If all goes well, the spacecraft, which will be perched atop a Falon 9 rocket, will soar into the heavens over Kennedy Space Center in Florida at approximately 3:22 EDT (20:22 BST).

You can check out the livestream of the launch above.

Fingers crossed that it won't be delayed a second time.

Update: Success!

Source: YouTube | Comments (72)

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Comment icon #63 Posted by bison 4 years ago
The hatch is open. Hurley and Behnken now aboard the International Space Station.
Comment icon #64 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 4 years ago
What was personal, you use the name sci-nerd and yet act in an unscientific manner. Not a personal attack but a statement of fact. If a user called them self "Christians-believer" but espoused Hindu philosophy it would be commented on don't you think? If you are going to claim to be a sci-nerd then you probably should act in a scientific way.   Science is not about spewing incorrect facts. It is a methodology. One first lessons of that methodology is that science is not a democracy, not all opinions are equal. The second lesson of scientific thinking is that evidence trumps ALL opinion.  Sta... [More]
Comment icon #65 Posted by sci-nerd 4 years ago
I made two mistakes. I lost the argument, and accepted it. That's the scientific way. What more can I do? That might be a tad exaggerated. Not to whine, or play victim, but it kinda feels like you're throwing me under the bus here. Not only throwing me, but driving it, and running me over yourself. You're a moderator. Your job is, among others, to keep a friendly environment on this site. Not to be a bully. I was wrong, you were right. Now let's end this.
Comment icon #66 Posted by spartan max2 4 years ago
I guarantee you all know more then I do about it lol.
Comment icon #67 Posted by Coil 4 years ago
In honor of the launch of Crew Dragon at the international space station, someone remade the Soviet hit of the song dedicated to cosmonautics day on April 12, 1982. And in 2009, by the decision of Roscosmos, the song was given the official public status of the Anthem of the Russian cosmonautics.     Who is interested in  the original version of the song look here:   Spoiler      
Comment icon #68 Posted by Jarocal 4 years ago
Unless oxygen is used through puffs of pressurized release to guide a spaceship in zero g without using  it to ignite another fuel component seems fallacious also . I think the term "fuel component" seems a more appropriate term. The kerosene would no get enough oxygen to burn as is needed without th o2 tank and once in vacuum I could spark a ferro rod with a piece of steel and no fear of being engulfed in flames as there is no combustible compounds in high enough concentrations for the oxygen to I teract with. If you want to berate someone for calling it a "fuel", at least be honest enough... [More]
Comment icon #69 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 4 years ago
If you want to berate someone for correctly using the term propellant at least have the commonsense to check your facts, first instead of inventing your own, totally false definition.  From the SpaceX website (are you claiming you know more about the Falcon 9 than the company that manufactures it?): Source:
Comment icon #70 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 4 years ago
I don't have a problem with people not knowing. I  do have a problem with the spreaders of bovine waste product that try to look clever by claiming they know things they don't.  We live in an era when information is easy to come by. To spread misinformation because facts aren't checked is intellectually lazy. To then continue to argue that you are right, without checking the facts, is intellectually dishonest. 
Comment icon #71 Posted by Jarocal 4 years ago
No more than you, as you called rp1 the fuel when ypur space x quote calls it a propellant also.  So please refrain from pompous postulates about bovine waste when you seem to defecate in the same pasture...
Comment icon #72 Posted by bison 4 years ago
In a nice bit of historical symmetry, astronaut Doug Hurley has retrieved the American flag left at the ISS by the final Shuttle mission, STS-135, in July, 2011. Hurley was also the pilot for that mission. This same flag was first delivered to the International Space Station by the crew of the first Shuttle mission, STS-1, in April, 1981. The article linked below has further details:  

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