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US Launches First NASA Astronauts From American Soil Since 2011

By Kyodo News 1 June 2020

WASHINGTON—The United States on Saturday launched a commercial spacecraft carrying two NASA astronauts, making it the first crewed flight to go into orbit from American soil since the final Space Shuttle mission in 2011.

After Wednesday’s scrub due to unsuitable weather, the Crew Dragon space capsule, developed by US aerospace manufacturer SpaceX, lifted off smoothly carried by a Falcon 9 rocket at 3:22 p.m. from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. It is expected to arrive at the International Space Station after a journey of about 19 hours.

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