NASA, SpaceX historic rocket launch today

UPDATE: As you probably already know, today’s launch was postponed due to weather conditions. The launch is rescheduled for Saturday, May 30. Fingers crossed for good weather this weekend!

I generally only post about my own rocket-related adventures, but I would be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge that today is a historic day for space and rocket launches.

spacex falcon 9 rocket and crew dragon vehicle on launch pad
image credit: NASA blog

NASA and SpaceX have partnered in the Commercial Crew Program to launch astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) on a US spacecraft from US soil for the first time in 9 years, since the final Space Shuttle launch in 2011. NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley will fly on the SpaceX Crew Dragon vehicle, lifting off on a Falcon 9 rocket today at 4:33pm eastern (1:33pm pacific).

This is exciting, amazing, and historic! You can watch the launch live through NASA’s website here:

https://www.nasa.gov/specials/virtual-guest/index.html

Here’s hoping for a flawless and successful launch!