Today is monumental day for America and for NASA. For the first time in 9 years the U.S. will send two American astronauts into space but not on a shuttle.

The epic space venture will be aboard a privately owned and designed space capsule for the first time. The Space X Epic 9 is set to launch from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral Florida.Launch is set for 4:33 pm Eastern time, which means 3:33 Central time.

This is an event that you and especially your children don't want to miss.

The two astronauts are veteran astronauts and have traveled into space before. Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken hope to end the longest spaceflight gap in U.S. history.

Gwendolyn McCown