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SpaceX to launch NASA astronauts from US for the first time since 2011

SpaceX to launch NASA atronauts from US for the first time since 2011. SPaceX preparing themself for Wednesday Demo 2 mission. SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will transport astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken to International Space Stationon this mission.

Both astronauts are scheduled to launch at 4:33 pm DT from launch pad 39A of the Kenenedy Space Center in Florida.

This is a historic launch as it is the first time a private company sends astronauts into orbit rather than a national government.

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said he texted the two astronauts Monday and told them, “`If you want me to stop this thing for any reason, say so. I will stop it in a heartbeat if you want me to.’ They both came back and they said, ‘We’re go for launch’.”

“Team is performing additional pre-flight checkouts of Falcon 9, Crew Dragon, and the ground support system ahead of tomorrow’s Demo-2 mission,” SpaceX tweeted earlier Tuesday. The weather forecast for launch is 60 percent favorable, SpaceX added.

“Dragon Dawn,” tweeted SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, with a time-lapse video of Crew Dragon on the launch pad next to the access arm that Hurley and Behnken will use to board the spacecraft.

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