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SpaceX Falcon 9 to make history: 2 astronauts join International Space Station and Crew Dragon spacecraft could be visible over the UK shortly after take off

History could be made at 9.33pm UK time tonight, Wednesday, May 27, when SpaceX Falcon 9 is scheduled to launch from the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida, carrying two astronauts inside a new Crew Dragon Spacecraft to join the International Space Station.

It will be the first crewed orbital flight from US soil since 2011 and it is the first time ever in a privately-owned spacecraft, which has been designed and manufactured by Elon Musk-founded SpaceX. The pair will also be conveyed to the launch pad on Tesla-manufactured electric cars.

Donald Trump will be among the spectators at Kennedy space centre in Florida to witness the launch, which has been allowed to go ahead despite the coronavirus lockdown.

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