American spaceflight is entering a new era, with two NASA astronauts — Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken — scheduled to lift off from the U.S. for the first time in almost a decade. The launch of the SpaceX Crew Dragon will also usher in the next phase of the space race: private companies ferrying NASA astronauts. Spectrum News has everything you need to know about the historic flight, from the development of the Crew Dragon capsule to a nationwide LIVE broadcast of the launch itself from Kennedy Space Center.
From Port Canaveral to the Indian River Lagoon to the beaches, there are many easy-to-access sites along the Space Coast to watch Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral rocket launches. Florida's Space Coast has a great list of more than a dozen rocket launch viewing sites, with descriptions and maps. Check it out here!
2020 AND BEYOND
(Sources: SpaceX, NASA, United Launch Alliance, 45th Space Wing, Boeing, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, Lockheed Martin)
ATLANTIS: Kennedy Space Center
ENDEAVOUR: California Science Center, Los Angeles
DISCOVERY: Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum
ENTERPRISE: Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, New York City
SOURCES: Information and images on this page are from NASA, United Launch Alliance and SpaceX.