New Age of Space Exploration (02:59)
After 10 years, the first Americans launch into space from U.S. soil. The partnership between NASA and SpaceX marks the start of a new age of space exploration. ABC and National Geographic provide live coverage of the launch.
Private Space Travel (04:39)
SpaceX designed the Dragon space capsule and Falcon 9 rocket. It is the first time a private company will launch American astronauts. The astronauts are Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken.
Launch Time (04:57)
Hurley and Behnken enter the space capsule for the second time; bad weather caused the cancellation of a launch earlier in the week. The rocket must launch at exactly 3:22 p.m.
Stakes of the Launch (05:38)
The launch is the biggest test of the partnership between NASA and SpaceX, which reduces the cost of space travel. Col. Stephen Ganyard calls it is a "step to the next era of space exploration."
Preparing for Launch (03:43)
President Donald Trump arrives at the Kennedy Space Station for the launch. Former astronaut Cady Coleman shares what it is like during the minutes before a launch.
Experts approve the launch, and the countdown begins. The rocket lifts off without incident.
Rocket Development (05:50)
The rocket drops the first fuel tank, which empties during launch. The SpaceX designed tank will fly itself to a recovery ship, where it will then become available for future reuse. The capsule has 50 abort sites before it exits the atmosphere.
Reaching Orbit (04:53)
Hurley and Behnken travel to the International Space Station. The rocket approaches orbit and the capsule prepares to detach.
NASA-SpaceX Partnership (05:33)
The mission is a final test for the new NASA-SpaceX equipment. The Dragon capsule is in autopilot as the astronauts wait to dock with the ISS.
Public vs. Private Space Travel (02:44)
Coleman explains the benefits of NASA partnering with private entities. Everyone has the same mission focused on hardware and more exploration.
Reaching ISS (05:15)
It will take 19 hours for the astronauts to reach the space station. The Dragon capsule will fly on autopilot as the astronauts eat and sleep. They will run numerous tests while on the ISS.
Credits: Launch America: Mission to Space Live (00:02)
Credits: Launch America: Mission to Space Live
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