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SpaceX on Cusp of Launching Astronauts, Back on Home Turf

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (AP) — SpaceX is on the cusp of launching NASA astronauts into orbit Wednesday, a first for a private company and a giant leap forward for the booming business of space travel.

The planned afternoon liftoff to the International Space Station will be the first of Americans from the U.S. in nearly a decade.

Riding aboard the brand new SpaceX Dragon capsule for the historic test flight will be veteran NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken.

Thunderstorms remained a concern, both at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center and along the Dragon’s path to orbit. SpaceX has a split second to launch the Falcon rocket, at 4:33 p.m. EDT, using the same pad where men flew to the moon and the last space shuttle soared in 2011.

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said Wednesday morning that the weather appeared to be trending in the right direction.

He admitted to being emotional — and nervous.

“We’re launching American astronauts on American rockets from American soil. We haven’t done this really since 2011, so this is a unique moment in time,” Bridenstine told The Associated Press.

“Bob and Doug are cool as cucumbers,” he added. “They are absolutely itching to go fly. So these are the best that America has to offer and, yes, it is emotional for me because a lot is riding on this.”

The launch puts Elon Musk’s SpaceX in the same league as only three countries — Russia, the U.S. and China, which sent astronauts into orbit in that order.

> https://www.fox21online.com/2020/05/27/spacex-on-cusp-of-launching-astronauts-back-on-home-turf/

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Back-up date is... Saturday

LAUNCH SCRUBBED... due to some weather issues

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hmmm....ok.

No one likes being made a fool of. Don't you think this space charade has gone on long enough. Perhaps if they were to fess up about all the lies of the Apollo project we could start again with a clean slate and I would have some respect for them.

But until that happens I will treat all this monkey business with the contempt it deserves.

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SpaceX In-Flight Abort Test

 

NASA TV provided coverage of the prelaunch and launch activities for the SpaceX Crew Dragon launch escape demonstration, as part of the agency’s Commercial Crew Program, which is working with U.S. companies to launch American astronauts on American rockets and spacecraft from American soil.

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