Today, for the first time in ten years, NASA will launch a human space flight from American soil to the International Space Station.

In support of the major mission, Air Liquide has supplied high pressure nitrogen to purge the rocket engines before ignition.

The industrial gas company has supplied its high-pressure nitrogen for all past rocket launches at NASA’s Kennedy Space Centre in Cape Canaveral.

Air Liquide’s vast knowledge in cryogenics and gas applications, means it can support every major stage of a rocket launch from design to lift off, on ground and on board.

If all goes to plan, the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon spacecraft, carrying NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley, will lift off at 4.33pm EDT from Kennedy’s Launch Complex 39A today.

Read more about the NASA-SpaceX mission here.