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Watch the LIVE launch of the SpaceX rocket from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center on 27th May 2020

On Wednesday 27 May at 21:15, join Anu Ojha, Director of the National Space Academy, for commentary and answers to your questions during the LIVE launch of the Crewed Dragon capsule on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Courtesy of The National Space Centre, the live launch with commentary from Anu will be hosted on the National Space Centre’s Facebook page from 21:15 - 21:45.

SpaceX Launch LIVE

The mission will see NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken take part in the first crewed launch from American soil in nine years as they blast off towards the International Space Station.

SpaceX has completed many missions transporting cargo to the sky-high laboratory. But on this occasion, the firm will be transporting people, marking a shift towards the commercialisation of human spaceflight.

The launch will take place from Kennedy Space Center's Complex 39A. This is the famous Florida pad from where the Apollo 11 moonwalkers and the very first shuttle, Columbia, also began their missions.

PLEASE NOTE – this event is subject to change, due to the nature of launch schedules changing and the safety of the crew.

About Professor Anu Ojha

Anu is the Director of the National Space Centre, Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, Honorary Professor at the University of Leicester Department of Physics and Astronomy, member of Science Advisory Committee for the European Space Agency and UK Space Agency, member of the STFC Council for UKRI and member of the Global Space Congress Advisory Board for the UAE Space Agency.

Anu has worked as a consultant for ESA using data from the SOHO orbiting solar observatory and Mars Express mission. Appointed in 2016 as an Honorary Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Leicester, Anu is a Co-Investigator for the SPLIT planetary geotechnics sampling tool being developed by the University for use on future Mars exploration missions. He also leads the human spaceflight, exploration and skills development strands in the UK Government's programme of strategic collaboration in space science and technology with China. Anu's role within various space agency boards and Councils means that we are well connected with space industry professionals across the globe.