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NASA is set to provide live coverage of the #LaunchAmerica pre-launch and launch activities for the agency’s SpaceX Demo-2 test flight today (Wednesday, May 27).

The Crew Dragon spacecraft will be carrying NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley to the International Space Station.

NASA and SpaceX are targeting 4:33 p.m. EDT May 27 for the launch of the first commercially-built and operated American rocket and spacecraft carrying astronauts to the space station.

The full mission coverage will air live on NASA Television and the agency’s website, as well as numerous other platforms.

In addition, the prelaunch coverage will also include a special performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner” by Grammy Award-winning singer Kelly Clarkson.

Live NASA coverage is as follows. All times are EDT:

Wednesday, May 27

  • 12:15 p.m. – NASA TV launch coverage begins (continues through docking)
    • 4:33 p.m. – Liftoff
    • 5:22 p.m. – Crew Dragon phase burn
    • 6:05 p.m. – Far-field manual flight test
    • 7:05 p.m. – Astronaut downlink event from Crew Dragon
  • 7:30 p.m. – Administrator postlaunch news conference at Kennedy
    • Administrator Bridenstine
    • Kathy Lueders
    • SpaceX representative
    • Kirk Shireman
    • NASA Chief Astronaut Pat Forrester

Thursday, May 28

  • 7:20 a.m. – Astronaut downlink event from Crew Dragon
  • 11:39 a.m. – Docking
  • 1:55 p.m. – Hatch Open
  • 2:25 p.m. – Welcome ceremony
  • 4:15 p.m. – Post-Arrival News Conference at Johnson
    • Administrator Bridenstine
    • Mark Geyer, director, NASA’s Johnson Space Center
    • NASA Chief Astronaut Pat Forrester

Friday, May 29

  • 11:05 a.m. – Space Station crew news conference, with NASA astronauts Chris Cassidy, Bob Behnken, and Doug Hurley
  • 12:50 p.m. – SpaceX employee event and Class of 2020 Mosaic presentation, with NASA astronauts Chris Cassidy, Bob Behnken, and Doug Hurley