NASA is inviting everyone to help celebrate a historic milestone in human spaceflight as it prepares for #LaunchAmerica – the first flight into orbit of American astronauts on American rockets from American soil since the end of the space shuttle era in 2011.

Known as NASA’s SpaceX Demo-2 test flight, which is targeted for liftoff at 4:33 p.m. EDT Wednesday, May 27, this mission will send NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley to the International Space Station as part of the agency’s Commercial Crew Program.

Snapshot of Schedule

The following events currently are scheduled to air live (all times Eastern). Be sure to check the NASA TV schedule for the latest updates.

Wednesday, May 27

Noon – Live views of the SpaceX/Falcon 9 rocket on Launch Pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center

12:15 p.m. – Live countdown coverage of NASA’s SpaceX Demo-2 mission to the International Space Station (launch scheduled at 4:33 p.m.)

6 p.m. – Demo-2 postlaunch news conference

Thursday, May 28

11:39 a.m. – Docking of the SpaceX Crew Dragon and NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to the International Space Station

1:55 p.m. – SpaceX Crew Dragon hatch opening to the International Space Station

2:25 p.m. – SpaceX Crew Dragon and International Space Station crew media event aboard the space station

Friday, May 29

11:05 a.m. – International Space Station Expedition 63 crew news conference with space station Commander Chris Cassidy of NASA and NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley

12:50 p.m. – International Space Station Expedition 63 in-flight event for SpaceX to mark the arrival of the Demo-2 crew

The Demo-2 mission will be the final major step before NASA’s Commercial Crew Program certifies Crew Dragon for operational, long-duration missions to the space station. This certification and regular operation of Crew Dragon will enable NASA to continue the important research and technology investigations taking place onboard the station, which benefits people on Earth and lays the groundwork for future exploration of the Moon and Mars starting with the agency’s Artemis program.

How to Watch

Watch the #LaunchAmerica broadcast leading up to liftoff on NASA Live.  You will be able to watch the live launch below or on NASA Television.

Register for Updates

You’ll get a chance to interact with NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine and Kennedy Space Center Director Robert Cabana on the day before launch.

Share photos and thoughts about the launch using the hashtags #LaunchAmerica and #ChallengerCtr.

Get Students Involved

Check out all of the FREE K-12 launch activities in NASA’s Commercial Crew STEM launch kit. Print out the mission patch and color the solar system.  Take advantage of our STEM at HOME resources.

NASA K-12 Launch Activities

Have your students build a straw rocket using this NASA demonstration video and guide.

Thoughts From Our Astronauts

We asked a few former NASA Astronauts to share their thoughts about this historic launch.

Share Your Photos

Share photos and thoughts about the launch using the hashtags #LaunchAmerica and #ChallengerCtr.

Learn More

For more information about the launch, visit