CAPE CANAVERAL, Fl. –Early tomorrow, SpaceX will launch its new spaceship on a critical test flight.
This will be the first time a commercially built and operated spaceship, capable one day of carrying people, will travel to the Space Station.
One of the astronauts making the trip is Bob Behnken. He’s from St. Louis, Missouri, and explains how his roots speak to this mission.
“The only way to really demonstrate it is to fly it and prove it,” Behnken said. “You know, I’m from St. Louis Missouri. It’s the ‘Show Me’ state. And having those successes under your belt goes a long way to giving confidence.”
Behnken, along with another space shuttle veteran, will be the first astronaut to climb a Falcon 9 rocket and into SpaceX’s new ship, called “Crew Dragon”.
“Crew Dragon” needs a successful test flight — called “demo 1” — before SpaceX can fly people.
The goal is to prove it can safely dock and undock from the Space Station, re-enter the Earth’s atmosphere and splash down off the Florida coast.