NASA to live stream ‘Launch America,’ first human mission since 2011

Viewers can use Facebook, Instagram and Twitter watch the launch

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The first launch of American astronauts into space from U.S. soil since 2011 is set to take place Wednesday, and NASA wants the public to be a part of it.

The agency will host a social event virtually so viewers can get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the agency’s SpaceX Demo-2 test flight, which will send NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley on a journey to the International Space Station.

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The launch is targeted for at 4:33 p.m. EDT. Due to ongoing coronavirus restrictions and social-distancing measures, gathering in crowds won’t be permitted.

To watch, subscribe to NASA's social media channels. Coverage will air across NASA TV, Facebook, Instagram, Linkedin, Twitter and YouTube. Viewers can also use the #LaunchAmerica hashtag for a chance to have their post shared by the agency.

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In addition to the launch airing across NASA’s social media channels, a number of events will be exclusive to its Facebook page, like a virtual tour of NASA facilities and a look at the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, the company said in a statement.

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"Through NASA's virtual launch experience, we make it possible for more people than ever to watch the beginning of this new era in human spaceflight," Bettina Inclán, NASA's associate administrator for communications, said in the statement. "We're already seeing people participate online with the #LaunchAmerica hashtag, and helping build the excitement for this historic moment."

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