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SpaceX first flight to International Space Station

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For the first time, NASA has sent two of its astronauts to the International Space Station in a rocket developed by a private company.

According to the US government, this will reduce the cost of space flights and the US will be able to focus on reaching the moon and Mars.

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For this, NASA has contracted big companies like SpaceX and Boeing to work on space flights. According to NASA, if this first experiment with SpaceX is successful, work will begin on more joint space flights with the company. Under a 2.5 billion deal between NASA and SpaceX, the company will operate six flights to take astronauts to the International Space Station.

The United States shut down its space shuttle program in 2011. Since then, its astronauts have been using Russian rocket flights. After nine-year this firs time that humans have been sent into space from American soil.

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Both Doug Hurley and Bob Banks have extensive experience in astronomy. The flight was originally scheduled for Wednesday, May 27, but was postponed due to inclement weather.

 

On Saturday, the two astronauts, dressed in white spacesuits and helmets, boarded the Falcon Nine rocket’s space capsule, Dragon. They blew off the Kennedy Space Center off the coast of Florida at 3:22 p.m.

 

After two and a half minutes later, the lower part of the rocket detached and a drone landed on the ship at sea. Six more minutes later, the two astronauts safely reached orbit around the Earth.

Millions of people around the world watched the space launch live on TV and social media. President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence were in Florida exclusively to see it.

 

“Past presidents have put the United States at the mercy of outside powers to send their astronauts into orbit,” said President Trump. Today, we are once again proud to launch American astronauts on American rockets, the best in the world, and this is being done from American soil.

 

Doug Hurley and Bob Banks are expected to arrive at the International Space Station on Sunday. It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post.

 

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