1216521439

1216521439

CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA - MAY 30: In this SpaceX handout image, a Falcon 9 rocket carrying the company's Crew Dragon spacecraft launches on the Demo-2 mission to the International Space Station with NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley onboard at Launch Complex 39A May 30, 2020, at the Kennedy Space Center, Florida. The Demo-2 mission is the first launch of a manned SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft. It was the first launch of an American crew from U.S. soil since the conclusion of the Space Shuttle program in 2011. (Photo by SpaceX via Getty Images)

Photo by: Handout

Handout

Everything You Need to Know About NASA & SpaceX's Historic Launch Day

By: Dominique Vu

Get the play-by-play on everything that happened from launch preparations and tests to liftoff and dock with the ISS. (Updated 5/31/20)

May 30, 2020

(Updated May 31, 2020)

With 50% chance of being scrubbed due to looming weather conditions in the Cape Canaveral area leading into launch day, the second attempt was still a go this afternoon. As we got closer to launch time, the excitement grew as the clouds parted and Mother Nature cooperated.

The NASA astronauts were strapped in the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft, the hatch was closed, final checks were passed, and fueling began. All that was left was the countdown to liftoff as anticipation grew for the historic launch. Could liftoff actually happen today?

Here's what happened next.

And just like that, history was made. Congrats to everyone at NASA and SpaceX on a successful launch and dock with the ISS.

Keep celebrating this amazing feat with the best moments from Discovery's Space Launch LIVE.

The Journey to Space Launch LIVE

Space Launch LIVE

Space Launch LIVE: Journey to Liftoff 00:46

Singer Katy Perry's new single "Daisies" inspires us to dream big as we enter into the next era of space exploration for America. Watch the best moments in the NASA and SpaceX journey to liftoff of the historic launch from Discovery's Space Launch LIVE.

We Have Liftoff: Congratulations to NASA and SpaceX

Here's to NASA, SpaceX, Astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley, and all of the engineers, scientists, and staff involved with the Saturday, May 30th historical launch.

Next Up

We Have Liftoff: Congratulations to NASA and SpaceX

Here's to NASA, SpaceX, Astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley, and all of the engineers, scientists, and staff involved with the Saturday, May 30th historical launch.

NASA and SpaceX to Launch a Crewed Mission to ISS in May 2020

For the first time since its conception 18 years ago, SpaceX, along with NASA, will launch a crewed mission to space.

What Could Delay the Historic SpaceX and NASA Launch?

Detailed planning and test after test do not always mean smooth sailing in space flight.

Quiz: Test Your Space Exploration Knowledge

Ahead of the historic May 27th NASA and SpaceX crewed space launch, test your space exploration knowledge!

Space Launch LIVE Discussion Guide

Tune into Discovery Channel and use this companion discussion guide to spark meaningful conversation about the next era of space flight.

Launch of SpaceX’s Starlink: A “Mega-Constellation” of Internet Satellites

Starlink is a growing network of satellites capable of providing high-speed internet access across the globe. On July 11th at 10:54AM EDT, a new batch of satellites will launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Large Rocket Debris Impacts Earth Off African Coast

The fourth largest piece of space debris ever re-entered the earth's atmosphere yesterday and made a splash just off the coast of Africa. Narrowly missing some major landmarks in its path, this piece of a rocket could have caused some major damage.

Meet the Not-So-Secret Space Airplane

The United States Space Force may have a somewhat silly name, but it's very, very real. And it just launched a semi-secret mission into space.

NASA and SpaceX are Going on a Date, and We're All Invited

Save the date--On May 27th, if everything goes as planned, a rocket will launch from Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Watch SPACE LAUNCH LIVE: AMERICA RETURNS TO SPACE on Discovery and Science Channel starting at 2P ET.

Let’s Look for Water on the Moon

NASA is headed to the moon, but this time it's in search of water. Astrophysicist Paul M Sutter shares what this means and why it's important.
Related To: