President Trump will travel to Florida for the historic SpaceX launch next week, the White House said Friday.
SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon spacecraft are being prepared for a historic Demo-2 mission on Wednesday, which will launch NASA astronauts into space from U.S. soil for the first time since 2011.
It will be the first time a private company, rather than the national government, sends astronauts into orbit. It will also be only the fifth time in U.S. history that NASA astronauts will fly a new spacecraft for the first time.
“A new era of human spaceflight is set to begin,” NASA said in a statement.
The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with the company’s Crew Dragon spacecraft onboard is seen as it is raised into a vertical position on the launch pad at Launch Complex 39A. (NASA/Bill Ingalls)
Vice President Pence said this week he thinks the launch will serve as a sign of hope for Americans in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
“When that rocket goes off next week, it’ll remind the American people that even in the midst of the most