On Wednesday, May 27 the first launch with astronauts on U.S. soil will take place at NASA's Kennedy Space Center since the space shuttle's retirement nine years ago. 

Joining the 69 News Sunrise team Saturday was former WFMZ Weatherman and current Launch Weather Officer for the 45th Weather Squadron, Brian Cizek.

Cizek talks about the upcoming event and precautions the program is taking.  

Pilots Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken are set to fly on the Falcon 9 and the Crew Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station.

The specific duration of the mission is to be determined.

As the final flight test for SpaceX, the mission will validate the company’s crew transportation system, including the launch pad, rocket, spacecraft, and operational capabilities.

This will be the first time NASA astronauts will test the spacecraft systems in orbit. 

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