A Prelaunch Briefing: Presented by Tish Bresee, NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador

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From the Kopernik Observatory & Science Center:

Friday, May 22 at 7:30 PM
Livestreamed on  Kopernik’s YouTube Channel

The date is set for the first crewed flight from the U.S. soil since 2011! On May 27, 2020, Apalachin NY native Doug Hurley and fellow astronaut Robert Behnken, are scheduled to launch from Kennedy Space Center in the SpaceX Crew Dragon upon a Falcon 9 rocket and will head to the International Space Station for an extended stay. Col. Hurley flew as a pilot for the STS-135 mission, which was the final flight of the Space Shuttle program in July 2011. Now he’s scheduled to be on the first crewed launch from American soil (aka: LAUNCH AMERICA). 

This will be the final flight test for SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule, which will validate the company’s crew transportation system and also the first time NASA astronauts will test the spacecraft systems in orbit. The Demo-2 mission will be the final major step before NASA’s Commercial Crew Program certifies Crew Dragon for operational missions to the International Space Station. Doug and Robert are currently in quarantine in Florida and the spacecraft is now undergoing final preparation. 

During her presentation, Tish will provide the latest mission update and answer questions posed in the YouTube chat window. 
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