The SpaceX Falcon 9 Launch Is Happening Tomorrow. Here’s Everything We Know.

The SpaceX Falcon 9 is the first-ever reusable rocket, and it’s already been launched a remarkable 96 times. Now the Falcon 9 is preparing for takeoff once again.

Source: NASA

For those who love space, like my family, you may remember the Falcon 9 rocket was used during the historic Crew Dragon launch back in May. But that launch, while incredibly historic, was largely a demonstration and test run.

This latest launch with the Falcon 9 rocket and accompanying Crew Dragon space capsule is going to be every bit as historic. That’s because the Crew-1 mission is supposed to kick off a series of routine missions to the International Space Station (ISS), which is super exciting.

Mission Update: NASA's SpaceX Crew-1 Launch

As we prepare to #LaunchAmerica with NASA’s SpaceX Crew-1 mission, scheduled for liftoff at 7:27 p.m. EST Sunday, Nov. 15, join us for the prelaunch events today at 6 p.m. EST from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon spacecraft will carry astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover, and Shannon Walker of NASA, and astronaut Soichi Noguchi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) to the International Space Station. The briefing today will feature top NASA officials and NASA astronauts Jonny Kim and Sunita Williams.

Posted by NASA – National Aeronautics and Space Administration on Friday, November 13, 2020

The Crew-1 mission will have four astronauts aboard (including three from NASA). Their task: get to the ISS with some help from the Falcon 9 rocket and become full-time staff members aboard the floating space station.

The four astronauts are scheduled to work aboard the ISS for six months. The next Crew Dragon mission is then slated for the spring of 2021.

???? Shannon Walker will become the 1st woman to fly on a commercial orbital spaceflight when the next NASA SpaceX launch lifts off Nov. 14 at 7:49 p.m EST.Meet your Crew-1 mission specialist: say hey to your #LaunchAmerica team:

Posted by NASA – National Aeronautics and Space Administration on Thursday, November 12, 2020

So when is this particular Falcon 9 rocket helping Crew Dragon get into space? It was originally slated for launch on Saturday, November 14, but that’s since been delayed due to weather.

The new Crew-1 mission launch is set for Sunday evening, November 15, at 7:27 pm Eastern. But the Florida weather on Sunday may be an issue too.

If that’s the case, the launch will be pushed back again to Wednesday, November 18. No matter what, gather your kids around and watch the livestream here.

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