CAPE CANAVERAL, FL (AP) — A SpaceX rocket is ready to boost two NASA astronauts into orbit from Kennedy Space Center.
The launch Wednesday afternoon will be the first of Americans from the U.S. in nearly a decade.
SpaceX would be the first private company to put astronauts in orbit.
Riding aboard the brand new SpaceX Dragon capsule for the historic flight will be veteran NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken, bound for the International Space Station.
Weather has been a concern because of the threat of rain and clouds. Liftoff is set for 4:33 p.m. EDT in Florida.
Backup launch opportunities, based on the space station’s orbit and the Crew Dragon’s ability to catch up with the lab complex, are available Saturday, at 3:22:41 p.m., and Sunday, at 3:00:07 p.m.