NASA has not sent astronauts to space from US soil since 2011. This is scheduled to change, however, on May 27, 2020 when the SpaceX Crew Dragon is scheduled to head to the International Space Station with two crew members on board.
This launch is a major milestone for NASA’s collaboration with SpaceX and Boeing, who have been developing the new vehicles capable of carrying humans to the ISS. The success of this project could indicate an end to NASA’s reliance on Russian Soyuz spacecraft.
NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley are currently the designated crew for the Demo-2 mission. The SpaceX Demo-1 mission took place in early 2019 when an unmanned Crew Dragon made a successful round trip journey to the ISS.
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