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Rocket Launch: SpaceX CRS-12

August TBD Kennedy Space Center Rocket Launch: SpaceX CRS-12

MISSION

Join us for launch viewing as SpaceX sends the Dragon vehicle on the Falcon 9 rocket to the International Space Station from Kennedy Space Center’s LC-39A! This historic launch pad was the site of the Apollo 11 Saturn V rocket launch that transported humans for the moon landing in 1969 and the site of the first and last space shuttle missions during the 30-year Space Shuttle Program. Now leased to SpaceX, LC-39A is the current site of Falcon 9 rocket launches.

CRS-12 is a resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS). This mission is the 12th resupply mission by SpaceX for NASA in support of NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) program. Dragon will deliver supplies and science experiments to the crew aboard the ISS. The Falcon 9 rocket’s reusable first stage will attempt a controlled landing on Landing Zone 1 (LZ1) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

LAUNCH VIEWING

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex offers the closest public viewing of launches. with the purchase of a launch transportation/viewing ticket. Availability of viewing opportunities and locations is dependent upon the scheduled launch time and is subject to NASA and U.S. Air Force approval. For CRS-12, launch viewing will be offered at the main visitor complex included with daily admission and at special viewing areas that require the additional purchase of launch viewing/transportation tickets. The visitor complex will operate from 9 am to 7 pm. Restrooms, dining and shopping are available at all viewing areas.

For launch viewing transportation opportunities, tickets become available for purchase no earlier than 2 weeks before the launch date. You must purchase a daily admission ticket or an annual pass in order to use launch transportation/viewing tickets. The tab to purchase launch transportation/viewing tickets will appear on the ticket web page as “VIP Launch Viewing” only when tickets become available.

Launch viewing/transportation ticket holders are transported by bus from the main visitor complex to special viewing areas, and bus boarding begins up to three hours ahead of the scheduled launch time. Since launch days often have many extra visitors, please allow time for travel, parking, security screening and entering the complex before boarding the bus for launch viewing. Launch viewing located further from the launch site is available at the main visitor complex with daily admission and does not require an additional ticket. Have questions about launch viewing? How to Watch a Rocket Launch at Kennedy Space Center

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Launch date, time, and viewing opportunities are subject to change. Launches can be affected by technical and mechanical issues as well as range operations and weather, either in advance or at the last minute. Learn more about our Launch Scrub Policy.

LAUNCH VEHICLE:

Falcon 9 is SpaceX’s two-stage rocket manufactured to successfully transport satellites and their Dragon spacecraft into orbit. Currently the only rocket fully designed and developed in the 21st century, Falcon 9 delivers payloads to space aboard the Dragon spacecraft or inside a composite fairing. Safety and mission success were critical in the design of the Falcon 9 rocket. With a minimal number of separation events and nine first-stage Merlin engines, the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is designed so that even if two of the engines shut down, the rocket can still operate. In 2012, SpaceX became the first commercial company to rendezvous with the International Space Station. Although these flights have not transported crew, SpaceX continues to work toward their goal of one day carrying astronauts to space in Crew Dragon’s pressurized capsule using the Falcon 9.

SpaceX Falcon 9 CRS-11

Rocket Launch: SpaceX CRS-12