LIVE STREAM: Astronauts, including Michigan native, launch to International Space Station

Launch to International Space Station aboard the Soyuz MS-08 spacecraft

Two American astronauts, A.J. Feustel and Ricky Arnold, and Russian cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev launch to the International Space Station aboard the Soyuz MS-08 spacecraft.

You can watch the liftoff coverage at 12:45 p.m. here on ClickOnDetroit. The actual launch is at 1:45 p.m.

This is a special launch for all of us here because one of those astronauts is from Metro Detroit (Lake Orion), and he’s even going to give us a shout out on Twitter when he flies over Michigan!  

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We talked to astronaut Drew (A.J.) Feustel via satellite from Russia as he prepared for the launch -- watch below:

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