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NASA to launch Falcon 9 later today

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Posted at 6:46 AM, May 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-27 07:46:26-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Later today, NASA astronauts are set to blast off from the U.S. for the first time in nearly a decade.

Elon Musk's company, SpaceX will be at the controls when the Falcon 9 rocket takes off. The launch is set for 3:33 this afternoon.

It's the first time a private company is sending astronauts into orbit, but comes with the help of NASA and a multi-billion dollar investment from taxpayers.

One part of the preparation getting lots of attention is the new space suit.

The new look Crew Dragon Suit will only be worn for launch and re-entry. NASA says the more traditional Extra Vehicle Mobility Unit is better for spacewalks.

Nebraska's astronaut, Clayton Anderson, poked a bit of fun at the difference tweeting "Guess which suit is way more fun to wear."

Clayton C. Anderson on Twitter

Guess which suit is WAY more fun to wear! #TheOrdinarySpacemanTM #LaunchAmerica #LightThisCandle https://t.co/4sdzlMHwKJ

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We will have the launch live on KMTV

If the weather does not cooperate, the backup launch date is Saturday