(CBS DETROIT) – The countdown is on for Wednesday’s historic SpaceX launch with two NASA astronauts is set to blast off from U.S. soil.

This will be a first for the astronauts since the space shuttle program ended back in 2011.

NASA awarded SpaceX a contract to fly them to the international space station.

The astronauts say the SpaceX rocket and capsule come with an escape system should anything go wrong.

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