You can watch the historic NASA-SpaceX launch today
Photo by Norbert Kowalczyk on Unsplash

We don’t usually send tips out on Saturdays, but today we’re making an exception to call attention to a special event that will (hopefully) take place later today: the launch of two U.S. astronauts into space!

After the originally scheduled launch on Wednesday was called off due to weather, NASA and SpaceX—which will become the first commercial aerospace company to courier humans into Earth’s orbit—have planned the second attempt for today (Saturday, May 30) at 3:22pm ET. You can watch it on your local CBS station or online via NASA’s webcast (where pre-launch coverage will start at 11am ET).

In a great and thorough post on the mission, CNN writes that “whether or not the rocket will actually take off will most likely come down to the weather forecast — again. As of Friday morning, the 45th Space Wing, an arm of the US military that oversees all East Coat rocket launches, predicts about a 50% chance of the weather holding up enough for launch on Saturday. And the odds are slightly better — about a 60% chance — for the next opportunity for liftoff on Sunday, May 31, at 3:00 p.m. ET.” So if the NASA-SpaceX launch is called off again today, tune in tomorrow at 3pm ET for the next attempt!

More on the NASA-SpaceX launch and mission

The two astronauts, Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley, will depart from Kennedy Space Center in Florida, which I got to visit last year (read about my visit and see my photos here). The men will sit inside a capsule known as Crew Dragon, which will be powered by a Falcon 9 rocket built by SpaceX. Their destination? The International Space Station, where per CNN “they’re expecting to spend one to three months in space.”

Notably, “the United States hasn’t launched its own astronauts into space since the Space Shuttle program ended in 2011. Since then, NASA’s astronauts have had to travel to Russia and train on the country’s Soyuz spacecraft. Those seats have cost NASA as much as $86 million each.” This mission, therefore, marks an exciting step for U.S. efforts in space.

For much more on the NASA-SpaceX launch and the mission (Mission 2), check out the CNN post here.


Have your own tip? Email it to!
Want to see more tips? Click here for all 1,719!

Want even more travel tips? Sign up here for the Daily Travel Tip newsletter! Enter your email address and check “Daily Travel Tip” to receive Johnny’s best tips in your inbox each day!

If you already subscribe to our weekly newsletter, you can sign up on the same page. Just fill in your email and check “Daily Travel Tip” on the same page. You’ll receive an email with a link to update your preferences. On that page, just click the Daily Travel Tip box and Update Profile.

Johnny Jet

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

  • Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $750 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 60,000 points are worth $750 toward travel
  • Get unlimited deliveries with a $0 delivery fee and reduced service fees on orders over $12 for a minimum of one year on qualifying food purchases with DashPass, DoorDash's subscription service. Activate by 12/31/21.
  • Earn 5X points on Lyft rides through March 2022. That’s 3X points in addition to the 2X points you already earn on travel.

The comments on this page are not provided, reviewed, or otherwise approved by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser's responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.

Editorial Note: The editorial content on this page is not provided by any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and has not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

1 Comment On "You Can Watch the Historic NASA-SpaceX Launch Today"
  1. Anees|

    For the first time, a private company SpaceX partnered with NASA and managed to send 👨‍🚀👨‍🚀 astronauts into space. The Falcon 9 space rocket took off with two Americans aboard the Crew Dragon capsule bound for the International Space Station. Here is everything you need to know about the historical NASA’s SpaceX Launch 🚀

Leave a Reply

Required fields are marked *