SpaceX will attempt to shuttle cargo to the International Space Station later today and you can watch the whole thing live right here. As per usual, SpaceX will also try to land its Falcon 9 rocket on a floating barge on its return to Earth. Given what’s happened in the past, we’re in for some fireworks.
This is SpaceX’s first trip to the ISS since June, when its ship unexpectedly exploded in mid-air, incinerating the cargo onboard. Today’s launch will see the Falcon 9 rocket shuttle the CRS-8 Dragon toward the heavens, with 7,000 pounds worth of supplies in tow. Among the supplies is an inflatable habitat, called BEAM, that NASA hopes to attach to the ISS for experimental purposes.
NASA on Friday morning said there was a 90 percent chance of favorable conditions for launch time, so things should be good to go. Live coverage begins at 3:30 p.m. EDT, with liftoff expected at 4:43 p.m. EDT.