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. 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.

Updated 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.

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

Friday, May 29

  • 10 a.m. – Administrator Countdown Clock Briefing (weather permitting)
    • NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine
    • Kennedy Space Center Director Bob Cabana
    • NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren
    • NASA astronaut Nicole Mann

Saturday, May 30

  • 11 a.m. – NASA TV launch coverage begins (continues through docking)
    • 3:22 p.m. – Liftoff
    • 4:09 p.m. – Crew Dragon phase burn
    • 4:55 p.m. – Far-field manual flight test
    • 5:55 p.m. – Astronaut downlink event from Crew Dragon
  • 6:30 p.m. – Postlaunch news conference at Kennedy
    • Administrator Bridenstine
    • Kathy Lueders, manager, NASA Commercial Crew Program
    • SpaceX representative
    • Kirk Shireman, manager, International Space Station Program
    • NASA Chief Astronaut Pat Forrester

Sunday, May 31

  • 6:45 a.m. – Astronaut downlink event from Crew Dragon
  • 10:29 a.m. – Docking
  • 12:45 p.m. – Hatch Open
  • 1:05 p.m. – Welcome ceremony
  • 3:15 p.m. – Post-arrival news conference at Johnson
    • NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine
    • Johnson Space Center Director Mark Geyer
    • NASA Chief Astronaut Pat Forrester

Monday, June 1

  • 11:15 a.m. – Space Station crew news conference, with NASA astronauts Chris Cassidy, Bob Behnken, and Doug Hurley
  • 12:55 p.m. – SpaceX employee event and Class of 2020 Mosaic presentation, with NASA astronauts Chris Cassidy, Bob Behnken, and Doug Hurley

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 www.nasa.gov.