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The next SpaceX launch will be the company’s first with people on board

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches a test of the company’s Crew Dragon capsule.

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SpaceX is just nine days away from the most significant launch in the history of Elon Musk’s company.

The company confirmed on Monday that its next launch will be Demo-2, currently scheduled for May 27. The mission will see two NASA astronauts strap in to SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule and head for the International Space Station.

NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley buckled into the Crew Dragon capsule for SpaceX Demo-2.

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SpaceX had planned to launch another 60 Starlink satellites this week. But, due to a coming tropical storm, the company decided to delay the satellite mission and instead focus on Demo-2. 

As its name implies, Demo-2 will be the second time SpaceX launches its Crew Dragon capsule to the space station. But Demo-1 last year had no crew on board. 

NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley are set to liftoff at 4:32 p.m. EDT from launchpad 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket emblazoned with the famous NASA “worm” logo for the Demo-2 mission/

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Demo-2 has been a priority for both NASA and SpaceX, with the agency deeming the mission to be “mission essential” even during the coronavirus pandemic. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine earlier this month explained to CNBC why Demo-2 has been a priority, saying that “we need access to the International Space Station from the United States of America.” Currently there is just one NASA astronaut on board the ISS.

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