Watch it live! The first Nasa launch powered by a private company SpaceX
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The world is readying for the next big leap in space travel as SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket is scheduled to blast off Wednesday afternoon, carrying two NASA astronauts into space where they will board the International Space Station.
SpaceX founder Elon Musk called it the "culmination of a dream" as he and NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine tensely await the scheduled liftoff, a decade in the making.
"I'm the chief engineer," Musk told CBS News' Mark Strassmann. "So I'd just like to say if it goes right, it's credit to the SpaceX/NASA team. If it goes wrong, it's my fault."
SpaceX has had 19 successful launches of cargo to the International Space Station, but for the first time, the commercial company will carry people — NASA's Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley.
The launch is unquestionably Musk's most pivotal test for SpaceX, and he has not let the gravity of it slip his mind.