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Musk's SpaceX set for debut astronaut mission, renewing NASA's crewed launch program


NASA/Bill Ingalls/Handout via REUTERS.

Entrepreneur Elon Musk’s SpaceX is set to launch two American astronauts to the International Space Station on Wednesday from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, ending the U.S. space agency’s nine-year hiatus in human spaceflight.


California-based SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule carrying astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken and its Falcon 9 rocket are due to lift off at 4:33 p.m. EDT (2033 GMT) on Wednesday from the same launch pad used by NASA’s last space shuttle mission in 2011.


President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence view the launch in person, a White House spokesman said.


26 May 2020

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