WASHINGTON - NASA announced on Friday that a SpaceX rocket would send two American astronauts to the International Space Station on May 27, the first crewed spaceflight from the U.S. in nearly a decade.
"On May 27, @NASA will once again launch American astronauts on American rockets from American soil!" NASA chief Jim Bridenstine said in a tweet.
The astronauts will be sent to the ISS on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.
Astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley will be launched to the ISS aboard SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft. They will lift off at 4:32 p.m. (2032 GMT) from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, NASA said.
Since July 2011, the United States has relied on Russian Soyuz rockets to send U.S. astronauts to the ISS.