GRAND RAPIDS — NASA and SpaceX are taking a major step on the path to returning human spaceflight from American soil for the first time since the end of the space shuttle program in 2011.
The countdown is on for SpaceX Crew Dragon to take to the stars. This will be the first commercially built aircraft to carry Americans to the International Space Station. The historic launch will take place at the same launch pad from which Apollo 11 lifted off taking astronauts all the way to the moon. Veteran NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley will be the first to fly on the Crew Dragon from atop the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. NASA partnered with Elon Musk's privately owned company to build and design the spacecraft. This space team says it's determined to launch themselves into history books.