The last time astronauts launched from US soil was back in 2011 aboard the Space Shuttle Atlantis. SpaceX and NASA just taken another step toward bringing crewed launches back.
The SpaceX Crew Dragon is atop a Falcon 9 rocket at the launch pad at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
SpaceX and its founder Elon Musk shared images of the capsule sitting pretty. "Falcon 9 on launch pad with crew Dragon & new astronaut walkway," Musk wrote on Sunday.
Musk then clarified "Sorry, to be clear, this pic is all real. The SpaceX entrepreneur responded to a question "Yes, will be extremely intense."
SpaceX shared a beautiful shot of the Falcon 9 against a backdrop of pink clouds .
SpaceX hopes to make history from Launch Complex 39A, which also hosted the launch of the Apollo 11 moon mission in 1969 and the first space shuttle mission in 1981.
The SpaceX Demo-1 Commercial Crew mission is scheduled to launch on Jan. 17 after getting. Launch dates are notoriously fickle.
There will be no humans on board for this mission. NASA and SpaceX wants to perform the Rocket and Spacecraft on the launch, in orbit, and with docking at the International Space Station and then returning to Earth.
Inside the Dragon, later in the year
First published Jan. 7, 8:40 a.m. PT.
Update, 2:40 p.m. PT: Adds Musk comment about danger of mission.
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