Final preparations underway for historic crewed launch from Space Coast

Final preparations are underway for the first historic crewed flight in almost a decade.

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. — Final preparations are underway for the first historic crewed flight in almost a decade.

The SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule and Falcon 9 rocket is set to lift off from Kennedy Space Center Wednesday with astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley. Both are on the launchpad.

The Crew Dragon spacecraft is sitting atop a Falcon 9 rocket on launch complex 39A. The two NASA astronauts will get the chance to climb into the dragon and walk through the pre-launch timeline while inside the vehicle before the launch.

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NASA is recommending people watch the launch from home to adhere to social distancing. Still, Brevard County is asking the public to plan ahead and expect a lot of traffic for the launch in the area.

For those who do plan to see the launch from afar, the Space Coast Office of Tourism has suggested booking a room ahead of time.

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex will not reopen until May 28, the following day.

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