SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Launch Reset to May 19, 4:55 am

On May 2, SpaceX announced that the May 7 launch would likely be delayed. Yesterday NASA issued a statement, which we have provided in its entirety below, resetting the launch to May 19, 4:55 am, EDT.

NCESSE has contacted all SSEP delegations that were scheduled to travel to the launch on May 7 to see if they can change their plans to accommodate the new launch date and time. Any SSEP families and teachers that could not attend the May 7 launch but wish to attend the rescheduled May 19 launch should contact NCESSE.

NOTE: this is going to be a night launch – which is spectacular.

The Launch Viewing Plan for SpaceX Dragon page has been updated, and the countdown clock reset for May 19, 4:55 am EDT.


RELEASE: 12-149

WASHINGTON -- In response to today's SpaceX announcement finalizing a
new target date for the launch of its Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon
spacecraft, NASA issued the following statement from William
Gerstenmaier, associate administrator for Human Exploration and
Operations at the agency's Headquarters in Washington: 

"After additional reviews and discussions between the SpaceX and NASA
teams, we are in a position to proceed toward this important launch.
The teamwork provided by these teams is phenomenal. There are a few
remaining open items but we are ready to support SpaceX for its new
launch date of May 19." 

For more information on the flight, visit: 

For more information on the International Space Station, visit: 

For NASA TV streaming video, scheduling and downlink information,



Comments are closed.

The Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP) is a program of the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE) in the U.S., and the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Space Education internationally. It is enabled through a strategic partnership with DreamUp PBC and NanoRacks LLC, which are working with NASA under a Space Act Agreement as part of the utilization of the International Space Station as a National Laboratory. SSEP is the first pre-college STEM education program that is both a U.S. national initiative and implemented as an on-orbit commercial space venture.