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SpaceX, NASA launch first astronauts into orbit from US soil in nearly a decade




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New Delhi: SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft on Saturday efficiently took off from Kennedy Space Center for the International Space Station (ISS), with two NASA astronauts — Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley.

The spacecraft is the first to take the American astronauts to orbit from American soil in nearly a decade and took off at 3:22 pm Eastern Time (ET). The mission marks the first flight of NASA crews from the US soil since 2011 and the first launch of a rocket owned by SpaceX, the industrial area firm based by Elon Musk.

US President Donald Trump was current on the Kennedy Space Center to view the rocket launch

Minutes earlier than the launch, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine mentioned that the climate at Florida’s Kennedy Space Center seemed good for launching US astronauts to the ISS. “Weather is a GO for launch!” the area company’s chief tweeted.

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On Wednesday, the deliberate launch was referred to as off on account of dangerous climate.

NASA has assigned Hurley and Behnken — two of its most skilled astronauts.

Behnken is the joint operations commander for the Demo-2 mission, answerable for actions akin to rendezvous, docking and undocking, in addition to actions whereas the spacecraft is docked to the area station. He was chosen as a NASA astronaut in 2000 and has accomplished two area shuttle flights.

Hurley is the spacecraft commander for the mission, answerable for actions akin to launch, touchdown and restoration. He was chosen as an astronaut in 2000 and has accomplished two spaceflights. (ANI)



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