NASA astronauts Robert Behnken, left, and Douglas Hurley listen as NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine gives remarks after the crew arrived at the Launch and Landing Facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center ahead of SpaceX’s Demo-2 mission, Wednesday, May 20, 2020, in Florida. NASA’s SpaceX Demo-2 mission is the first launch with astronauts of the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket to the International Space Station as part of the agency’s Commercial Crew Program. The flight test will serve as an end-to-end demonstration of SpaceX’s crew transportation system. Behnken and Hurley are scheduled to launch at 4:33 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, May 27, from Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center. A new era of human spaceflight is set to begin as American astronauts once again launch on an American rocket from American soil to low-Earth orbit for the first time since the conclusion of the Space Shuttle Program in 2011.

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NASA宇航员罗伯特·贝恩肯(左)和道格拉斯·赫利在听NASA局长吉姆·布里登斯汀的讲话。宇航员们抵达NASA肯尼迪航天中心的发射和着陆设施后,SpaceX公司将于2020年5月20日星期三在佛罗里达进行Demo-2任务。NASA的SpaceX Demo-2任务是SpaceX龙飞船和猎鹰9号火箭作为NASA商业宇航员计划的一部分首次向国际空间站发射宇航员。这次飞行测试将作为SpaceX宇航员运输系统的端对端演示。贝恩肯和赫尔利计划于美国东部时间5月27日周三下午4点33分从肯尼迪航天中心的39A发射台发射升空。人类太空飞行的新时代即将开始,美国宇航员将再次乘坐美国火箭从美国本土发射到近地轨道,这是自2011年航天飞机计划结束以来的首次。