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    How to watch SpaceX's historic 1st Demo-2 astronaut launch live online

    When it comes to watching SpaceX's historic first astronaut launch for NASA on Wednesday (May 27), to say "you have options" would be an understatement. Since NASA has asked the public to stay home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are many ways to watch it on TV, cable news and — of course — online.

    The mission, called Demo-2, will launch NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley into orbit on a Crew Dragon spacecraft atop a Falcon 9 rocket. Liftoff is set for 4:33 p.m. EDT (2033 GMT) from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

    You'll be able to watch the SpaceX launch live here and on Space.com's homepage, courtesy of NASA TV, beginning at 12 p.m. EDT (1600 GMT). But NASA's webcast won't be the only game in town.

    While the major news networks are sure to host their own special reports, read on for a guide at key webcasts and TV programming to get the most out of your SpaceX launch viewing. (We've bolded the dates and times.)

    Full coverage: SpaceX's historic Demo-2 astronaut launch explained

    NASA Live
    NASA's YouTube channel
    NASA App for iOS
    NASA App for Android
    Twitter
    Facebook
    LinkedIn
    YouTube
    Twitch.tv
    Roku
    Pluto TV

    Wednesday, May 27 (all times in EDT, GMT-4)

    12:15 p.m. – NASA TV launch coverage begins (continues through docking
    4:33 p.m. – Liftoff
    5:22 p.m. – Crew Dragon phase burn
    6:05 p.m. – Far-field manual flight test
    7:05 p.m. – Astronaut downlink event from Crew Dragon
    7:30 p.m. – Postlaunch news conference at Kennedy
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  • Scrubbed and re-scheduled for Saturday.
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  • Why does weather have such an impact on launching a rocket?
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  • High winds affect the trajectory. Lightning strike could zap the electronics. Need good weather downflight in case the escape capsule is needed. This is not a shuttle launch, it's a ballistic one. The window for launch is precise or they won't get to the ISS properly.

    Lots of things can go wrong, so they use an abundance of caution.
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  • Thanks Steve, I was genuinely curious and now I know.
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  • Aros wrote:Thanks Steve, I was genuinely curious and now I know.



    If you have flown you know what storm turbulence is, that could definitely affect trajectory and pitch.
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  • chris98251 wrote:
    Aros wrote:Thanks Steve, I was genuinely curious and now I know.



    If you have flown you know what storm turbulence is, that could definitely affect trajectory and pitch.


    Good point, I guess I was just thinking clouds (visibility). Wondering why that would matter. I should have thought about those other factors that would indeed effect trajectory.
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  • Florida has thunderstorms from 4-5pm almost every day during the summer. It's amusing that their launch time attempts are basically right when it's most likely to happen.
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  • First launch in decade?You mean since shuttle..
    But how long has it been in a rocket?I can't even
    remember those Saturn launches.
    I won't watch it ..I remember watching that shuttle
    blow up and that is it for me.
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  • IndyHawk wrote:First launch in decade?You mean since shuttle..
    But how long has it been in a rocket?I can't even
    remember those Saturn launches.

    First manned launch from an American launch pad. IDK the exact dates, but our astronauts have been riding Russian rockets to the ISS for a long time. How was the shuttle not a rocket?
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  • sutz wrote:
    IndyHawk wrote:First launch in decade?You mean since shuttle..
    But how long has it been in a rocket?I can't even
    remember those Saturn launches.

    First manned launch from an American launch pad. IDK the exact dates, but our astronauts have been riding Russian rockets to the ISS for a long time. How was the shuttle not a rocket?

    The shuttle itself was not but a Saturn rocket did launch it off the pad into space.
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  • C-SPAN1 running it live now. In countdown. Crew is in and hatch sealed.
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  • A couple of live broadcasts links ..................







    ....................... enjoy :biggthumpup:
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  • Go for Launch!


    Great Launch and return to maned space flight :229031_thewave: America is back
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  • Launch successful. Landing of first stage booster successful. 2 men in low earth orbit.

    About 19 hours til rendevous with ISS.

    So far, so good!

    :2thumbs:
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  • Upcoming Live Events (All Times Eastern)

    May 31, Sunday

    TBD a.m. – Astronaut downlink event from Crew Dragon
    10:27 a.m. – Docking
    12:45 p.m. – Hatch Open
    1:15 p.m. – Welcome ceremony
    3:15 p.m. – Post-arrival news conference at Johnson

    NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine
    Johnson Space Center Director Mark Geyer
    NASA Chief Astronaut Pat Forrester

    June 1, Monday
    11:15 a.m. – ISS Expedition 63 Crew News Conference with Commander Chris Cassidy and Flight Engineers Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley of NASA
    12:55 p.m. – ISS Expedition 63 In-Flight Event with SpaceX Officials and Employees in Hawthorne, California

    June 2, Tuesday
    9:20 a.m. – SpaceX employee event and Class of 2020 Mosaic presentation, with NASA astronauts Chris Cassidy, Bob Behnken, and Doug Hurley


    NASA link >>> https://www.nasa.gov/nasalive



    ...................... IMHO your best access to this ongoing mission.
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  • Get ready for tomorrow thru this link to the Space X docking simulation in support for your exploration and entertainment >>> https://iss-sim.spacex.com/
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  • Crew now entering the space station.

    I've heard this mission drew more international viewers and social media discussion than any other topic.

    And rightfully so, as this has been a historic couple of days :2thumbs:
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  • Well the Shuttle was retired in 2011 some nine years ago. But really this is history being made.
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  • Thank you, Jville.Wonderful viewing.
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