Vice President Mike Pence to view SpaceX Crew-1 launch from Kennedy Space Center

Launch scheduled for Sunday night

Vice President Mike Pence, his wife Karen, right, NASA administrator, Jim Bridenstine, center and CEO of SpaceX, Elon Musk, talk to the media after NASA astronauts Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken left the Neil A. Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building on their way to Pad 39-A, at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Wednesday, May 27, 2020. The two astronauts will fly on a SpaceX test flight to the International Space Station. For the first time in nearly a decade, astronauts will blast into orbit aboard an American rocket from American soil, a first for a private company. (AP Photo/John Raoux) (John Raoux, Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Vice President Mike Pence will attend Sunday’s attempted launch of Crew-1 mission to the International Space Station, News 6 partner Florida Today reported.

A brief statement released by the White House released Saturday said the vice president and Second Lady Karen Pence were coming the Kennedy Space Center to view the launch.

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Pence and the second lady are scheduled to leave Washington, D.C. at 4:25 p.m., arrive at Cape Canaveral at 6:20 p.m., watch the launch then head back to the nation’s capital at 8:10 p.m.

The launch will send four astronauts from KSC to the ISS in a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule aboard a Falcon 9 rocket. It’s scheduled for 7:27 p.m. Sunday.

It is the first fully operational mission under NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, following a successful test flight earlier this year. That mission, dubbed “Demo-1,” was the first launch of humans from U.S. soil since the end of the space shuttle program in 2011.