Seen through the windows of firing room four of the Launch Control Center, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the company’s Crew Dragon spacecraft is launched from Launch Complex 39A on NASA’s SpaceX Demo-2 mission to the International Space Station with NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley onboard, Saturday, May 30, 2020, at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The 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 test flight serves as an end-to-end demonstration of SpaceX’s crew transportation system. Behnken and Hurley launched at 3:22 p.m. EDT on Saturday, May 30, 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.

Image Credit: NASA/Joel Kowsky

透过发射控制中心四号发射室的窗户可以看到,载有载人龙飞船的SpaceX猎鹰9号火箭从NASA的SpaceX Demo-2任务将于2020年5月30日星期六在在佛罗里达肯尼迪航天中心从39A发射场发射,执行SpaceX Demo-2任务,并搭载NASA宇航员罗伯特·本肯和道格拉斯·赫尔利前往国际空间站。SpaceX Demo-2任务是NASA的商业宇航员计划的一部分,它是由SpaceX载人龙飞船和猎鹰9号火箭首次向国际空间站发射宇航员。这次试飞是SpaceX载人运输系统的端到端演示。罗伯特·贝恩肯和道格拉斯·赫尔利计划于美国东部时间5月30日星期六下午3点22分从肯尼迪航天中心39A号发射中心发射升空。自2011年航天飞机计划结束以来,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,人类太空飞行的新时代将开始。

影像来源:NASA/Joel Kowsky

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