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SpaceX launch: How to watch America’s return to space flight

The Space X Demo-2 Falcon 9 rocket, with the Crew Dragon capsule (far left), lies horizontal at Launch Pad 39-A at Kennedy Space Center, Fla., Tuesday, May 26, 2020. SpaceX Demo-2 is scheduled to launch Wednesday at 4:33pm. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/TNS)

Here’s how to watch Saturday’s scheduled SpaceX Demo-2 launch, the first crewed launch from Kennedy Space Center since 2011:

Launch time: 3:22 p.m. Saturday at Kennedy Space Center’s launch complex 39A.

The Space X Demo-2 Falcon 9 rocket, with the Crew Dragon capsule on top is raised to its vertical position at Launch Pad 39-A at Kennedy Space Center, Fla., Tuesday, May 26, 2020.
(Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/TNS)

Watch: NASA TV coverage can be found at nasa.gov/live. All of Orlando’s local TV news stations will air the launch live, as well as cable news channels. OrlandoSentinel.com will stream the launch live, too.

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Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex: The park remains closed due to the coronavirus pandemic and will not have viewing opportunities.

Jetty Park: The park will be open only to annual pass holders from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis. Jetty Park will be operating at 50% capacity, allowing only the first 230 vehicles in. Walk-ins are also prohibited. Guests will be required to comply with 6 feet social distancing guidelines.

Photographers set up remote cameras at Launch Pad 39-A to capture the launch of Space X Demo-2 Falcon 9 rocket, with the Crew Dragon capsule (far left), currently horizontal during preflight checks, at Kennedy Space Center, Fla., Tuesday, May 26, 2020. 
(Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/TNS)

Port Canaveral: The Cove, a restaurant area at Port Canaveral, will be one of only two areas at the port — the other is Jetty Park — that will be open to view the launch.

Beaches: Beaches along Brevard County will be open, with most parking open as well. Visitors are strongly encouraged to practice social distancing guidelines if choosing to watch the launch in person.

Playalinda Beach: The beach, part of the National Park Service, remains closed due to COVID-19.

The Space X Demo-2 Falcon 9 rocket, with the Crew Dragon capsule (far left), lies horizontal at Launch Pad 39-A at Kennedy Space Center, Fla., Tuesday, May 26, 2020. 
(Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/TNS)

Titusville: There are many viewing spots along U.S. 1 in Titusville, across the Indian River from the space center. Spectators are reminded to abide by social-distancing recommendations from the CDC.

What you need to know about the launch:

Meet the astronauts who will be aboard the SpaceX capsule: Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley. They became astronauts together and attended each other’s weddings. Now, they head to space.

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© 2020 The Orlando Sentinel