The american president Donald Trump will attend in person at the launch of the two Nasa astronauts by SpaceX on may 27, in Florida, which will be the first manned flight off of the United States since 2011, announced the White House on Saturday.
“Our fate, beyond the Earth, is not only a question of national identity, but a national security issue,” said Donald Trump in a press release.
The take-off is scheduled for Wednesday at 16: 33 (local time) from Kennedy space center. A rocket Falcon 9 from SpaceX, founded by Elon Musk in California, will have at its top the capsule Crew Dragon developed by the company for Nasa, which has granted him since the previous decade, more than three billion dollars of contracts.
The two astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken, will join the international space Station, 19 hours after the launch, and will remain there several months.
The weather, however, could be bad the day of the launch, and the probability of deferral was 60 %, according to forecasts released on Saturday by the military base of Cape Canaveral, adjacent to Kennedy center.
This will be the first time that american astronauts from the United States since the shutdown of the space shuttle in 2011, after thirty years of service.
Since then, only the Russians had a means of transport to the ISS, and dozens of american astronauts (and other countries) have learned the Russian and borrowed the rockets Soyuz from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, to go to the station, occupied continuously since 2000 by Americans and Russians.