NASA, SpaceX gear up to launch first manned flight mission from US in a decade on 27 May

NASA and SpaceX are gearing up to send the first astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) from the US since 2011. The space agency has revealed that a SpaceX rocket will send two American astronauts to the ISS on 27 May.

Jim Bridenstine, head of the NASA, tweeted a short video clip alongside the caption, “On 27 May, @NASA will once again launch American astronauts on American rockets from American soil!”.

Astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley will fly on SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft. The lift-off will take place from Launch Complex 39A in Florida and will be for an extended stay at the space station for the Demo-2 mission.

Upon conclusion of the mission, Crew Dragon will undock with the two astronauts on board, depart from the space station and re-enter the Earth’s atmosphere.