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NASA Announces First SpaceX Crewed Flight for May 27


FILE - A Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket with a payload of approximately 60 satellites for SpaceX's Starlink broadband network lifts off from pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., March 18, 2020.

NASA announced on Friday that a SpaceX rocket would send two American astronauts to the International Space Station on May 27, the first crewed spaceflight from the U.S. in nearly a decade.

"On May 27, @NASA will once again launch American astronauts on American rockets from American soil!" NASA chief Jim Bridenstine said in a tweet.

The astronauts will be sent to the ISS on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

Astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley will be launched to the ISS aboard SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft. They will lift off at 4:32 p.m. (2032 GMT) from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, NASA said.

Since July 2011, the United States has relied on Russian Soyuz rockets to send U.S. astronauts to the ISS.

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