How to watch Nasa launch its first space tourism mission THIS week – with civilians on board

LIVE stream the next blast off on your devices for free.

Nasa's content channels make it easier than ever to stay in orbit on their trips to the cosmos.

The event's livestream will be accessible on Nasa's YouTube channel.

Content will hit the airwaves at 10PM EST Thursday night as the crew prepares to board the Dragon capsule atop Elon Musk's Falcon 9 rocket.

The ship will liftoff at around 11AM on Friday morning and travel just over 250 miles to the International Space Station (ISS).

Originally scheduled for April 6, the launch was delayed until at least April 8 – theorizes the delay is a product of speed bumps on other missions jumbling Nasa's crowded schedule.

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Highly-trained astronauts aren't the only ones on the guest list for the upcoming launch.

Three ultra-wealthy space tourists spent $55million a piece on their tickets to the ISS.

When the crew was announced in January 2021, Axiom Space published a statement writing "We sought to put together a crew for this historic mission that had demonstrated a lifelong commitment to improving the lives of people on Earth."

Entrepreneurs Larry Connor, Mark Pathy and Eytan Stibbe and their mission commander Michael López-Alegria will be the next visitors to the International Space Station, which has seen just 244 people come and go.

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The crew will stay on board the ISS for 10 days.

Manned missions to space are always subject to delays.

The Challenger disaster of 1986 took seven lives put everyone on permanent high alert – it's best to spend the time perfecting ground safety and waiting for perfect conditions.

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The fifth anniversary of the Falcon 9's first launch just passed on March 30th.

When this next trip does take off, it'll be Falcon 9's 13th mission to space – solidifying the rocket's reputation as the future of reusability in space travel.

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