Trump says may attend SpaceX manned rocket launch

James Marshall
May 23, 2020

United States astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley are scheduled to blast off from Kennedy's Launch Pad 39A at 4:33 pm (2033 GMT) on Wednesday for the International Space Station, which is now housing two Russians and one American.

President Donald Trump on Thursday (May 21) said he could attend next week's launch of the SpaceX Crew Dragon craft in Florida, the first manned space flight from United States soil in almost a decade.

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with the company's Crew Dragon spacecraft onboard is seen as it is raised into a vertical position on the launch pad at Launch Complex 39A.

In a tweet, SpaceX also shared a 15-second video showing the Falcon 9 and Crew Dragon being raised into vertical position.

The preparations for the launch are pushing through just days before the historic launch that will mark the United States' return to human spaceflight after nearly a decade.

They are to dock at the International Space Station, which is now housing two Russians and one American. On board will be NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken, the first ever astronauts to be carried aboard a private USA -built spacecraft, and the first humans to launch into space from US soil since the end of the space program in 2011.

SpaceX has received approval on its mission to launch NASA astronauts for the first time ever on May 27, having passed the final Flight Readiness Review (FRR) conduced by the agency to ensure everything is go for launch.

On the same day, Behnken and Hurley will hold a virtual media engagement at 2:15 p.m. ET to answer questions about the upcoming launch.

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