Washington, United States:
US President Donald Trump will attend the launch on May 27 of two astronauts on a SpaceX mission – the first crewed space flight from American soil in nine years, the White House announced on Saturday.
“Our fate, beyond Earth, is not just a matter of national identity, but a matter of national security,” said Trump in a pre-visit statement, which will stress his pressure to return to work. in the United States in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic.
US astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley are scheduled to depart Wednesday from Kennedy’s historic 39A launch pad at 4:33 p.m. (8:33 p.m. GMT) for the International Space Station arriving the next day.
The mission is seen as a crucial step towards ending American dependence on Russian rockets.
Asked about the continuation of the mission in the middle of the pandemic, Behnken told journalists: “Where there is a will, there is a way”.
Behnken and Hurley have been in strict quarantine since May 13, but they said their real isolation began as early as mid-March.
However, the launch plan could be affected by bad weather, with a delay of 60% according to official forecasts.
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