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SpaceX to Send Dragon Crew Capsule to Space Station and Back [Live Stream]

The ability for the United States to send its astronauts into space ended with the shuttle program in 2011, but SpaceX, in partnership with NASA, will be one step away from fixing that on Saturday.

More than seven years after Shuttle Atlantis completed the program’s last mission, America has a new way to transport humans to the International Space Station: the SpaceX Crew Dragon Capsule which is set to launch from Kennedy Space Center’s historic Launch Complex 39A on Saturday at 2:49 a.m. EST on a Falcon 9 rocket.

The mission will send the capsule into orbit so that it can continue on to the International Space Station where it will autonomously dock and deliver supplies to the crew. On March 8, the capsule will undock from the station and return to Earth, splashing down in the Atlantic Ocean where it will be recovered.

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Take a look: NASA inside view of the SpaceX Crew Dragon Capsule