ST. LOUIS (CBS) – If all goes as planned, a new era for NASA and commercial space station operations begins with a launch tomorrow morning at the Kennedy Space Center.

Launchpad 39A has seen a lot of history, from Apollo through the space shuttle. After that last shuttle launch in 2011, 39A was raised, but a new company was gearing up for commercial cargo fights to the international space station, and made a deal with NASA to take over the historic 39A site.

“We have a twenty year use agreement on pad 39A with SpaceX,” says space center director Bob Cabana.

An unmanned station cargo launch will open a new era for Kennedy Space Center that includes the return of human space flight here, maybe as soon as next year.

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