SpaceX Demo-2 Launch
May 31, 2020
Scenes of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the company's Crew Dragon spacecraft with the bottom one in an 'enhanced' false color infrared exposure as it is launched on NASA’s SpaceX Demo-2 mission to the International Space Station with NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley onboard on May 30, 2020 at 3:22 p.m. EDT from Launch Complex 39A at the 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.
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 created by USA Patriotism! from NASA photos by Bill Ingalls.