SpaceX to make history in first astronaut launch

US President Donald Trump has arrived at the Kennedy Space Center for the launch

US President Donald Trump has arrived at the Kennedy Space Center for the launch

From the famous Falcon 9 to Crew Dragon spacecraft, everything had been leading up to this moment and now, it is finally here.

American astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken will today reattempt to launch from the Kennedy Space Centre onboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket-the first manned U.S. launch in nine years. However, the timing might change based on weather conditions. If that situation were to arise, backup slots of May 30 and May 31 have been set free.

Crew Dragon is based on the design of SpaceX's original Dragon cargo capsule, which is now in service providing operational resupply services to the Space Station.

Lewis Hamilton takes 98th career pole in Bahrain
But the British-Thai driver was 0.6secs behind the Dutchman, and less than 0.1secs ahead of Racing Point's Sergio Perez . Verstappen, however, is resigned to being in Mercedes' shadow. "It [the track] is quite aggressive on the tyres here".

It is the first crewed flight for NASA since its space shuttle program ended in 2011. Since then, NASA has been forced to pay Russia to send people into space on Russian Soyuz spacecraft.

The launch window for SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon capsule from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida begins at 4:33 p.m. on May 27. The largely successful program experienced low points with the 1986 Challenger and the 2003 Columbia disasters that killed all seven crew aboard each flight, traumatic examples of the risks Hurley and Behnken face today.

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