NASA, SpaceX to launch first astronauts from U.S. since 2011 in May

Posted at 12:54 PM, Apr 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-17 12:54:03-04

TAMPA, Fla. -- Houston, we have liftoff.

Well, we will in May, according to NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine.

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Bridenstine announced on Friday that on May 27 SpaceX will launch astronauts from American soil for the first time since 2011.

Astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurleyon will launch atop a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral.

The mission is part of the agency's Crew Commercial Program.

In February, NASA confirmed that SpaceX would be the first to launch astronauts from U.S. soil since 2011.

Behnken and Hurleyon will stay at the International Space Station for an extended time, according to NASA. The exact duration of the mission is not determined.

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