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Trump to attend Wednesday s NASA astronaut launch in Florida

President Donald Trump plans to be on the Florida coast Wednesday to watch American astronauts blast into orbit from the Kennedy Space Center for the first time in more than a decade. It will be the first time since the space shuttle program ended in 2011 that US astronauts will launch into space aboard an American rocket from American soil. Also new Wednesday: a private company not NASA is running the show. Elon Musk s SpaceX is the conductor and NASA the customer as businesses begin chauffeuring astronauts to the International Space Station. The NASA/SpaceX Commercial Crew flight test launch will carry NASA s newest test pilots, Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken, in a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. They re scheduled to blast off from launch pad 39A, the same one the Apollo astronauts used to get to the moon. The shift to private companies allows NASA to zero in on deep space travel. The space agency is working to return astronauts to the moon by 2024 under ...


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