Gayle Anderson previews today’s historic LAUNCH AMERICA event. Gayle reports from the California Science Center in downtown Los Angeles in Exposition Park, where they have a symbol and souvenir of the end of the Space Shuttle Program; the Space Shuttle Endeavour and External Tank-94. The program began April 12th, 1981 and ended July 21, 2011.
NASA’s space shuttle fleet — Columbia, Challenger, Discovery, Atlantis and Endeavour — flew 135 missions, helped construct the International Space Station and inspired generations (Including Gayle! “Gayle the Geek!”). So, Gayle returns to a symbol of the end of the space program, for what will be the beginning of the space program with the LAUNCH AMERICA; the NASA, SpaceX launch of the first astronauts to the International Space Station from the U.S. since 2011. Also, this is SpaceX first launch of a human crew to space.
The team at the California Science Center reports we can tune in to the historic launch at 1:33 p.m. PST Wednesday, May 27th, 2020 at NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley fly SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft, lifting off on a Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A in Florida. They will make history as the first Americans to launch to the International Space Station from American soil in nearly a decade.
Live video coverage and countdown commentary begins at 9:15a.m. PST, May 27th, 2020. Watch the prelaunch activities on nasa.gov/nasalive, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, and Linkedin. #LaunchAmerica