by Ray Keating
May 27, 2020
The May 27th launch of two American astronauts – Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley – to the International Space Station (ISS) will be historic for a couple of reasons. First, it will be the first time in nearly 10 years that American astronauts will lift off for the ISS from U.S. soil. Second, and more notably, this will be the first time that a privately-owned company will transport humans to the ISS.
Two of Disney’s networks - ABC News Live and National Geographic – will begin coverage at 3:00 PM EDT on May 27th. The liftoff is set for 4:33 PM EDT, weather permitting, from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, with ABC joining the coverage just prior to launch. Live coverage will return on Thursday, May 28th, when the spacecraft – the Crew Dragon capsule – is expected to dock with the ISS.
Where exactly will you find coverage? The following comes from the joint press statement:
ABC News Live provides “LAUNCH AMERICA: MISSION TO SPACE LIVE” to viewers on Hulu, The Roku Channel, YouTube TV, Amazon’s news app on Fire tablets and Fire TV devices, Xumo, Sling TV, Facebook, Twitter, ABCNews.com, the ABC News and ABC mobile apps, and standalone ABC News Live apps on Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Roku and Apple TV.
National Geographic provides “LAUNCH AMERICA: MISSION TO SPACE LIVE” to viewers on the NGTV app across all devices, On Demand on cable and satellite providers, NatGeoTV.com, Hulu, YouTube TV and other program providers.
What about the dicey weather for today? ABC News reported: “Should the launch be postponed prior to the live event, ABC News Live and National Geographic will air the special on the new launch date, which is determined by NASA and SpaceX and is slated for Saturday, May 30, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. EDT.”
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