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How private firm SpaceX is in charge of sending NASA astronauts in orbit

A successful launch on Wednesday could forever change how the world thinks about getting people to space

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket
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Already, two companies have announced plans to buy launches in SpaceX’s capsule, the Crew Dragon, to take non-NASA passengers to space | File photo of SPcaeX Falcon 9 rocket launch

Kenneth Chang | NYT New Delhi
It took work across three presidencies, those of George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Donald J. Trump, but the United States is at last prepared once again, after nearly a decade, to launch American astronauts into orbit from American soil on an American-built rocket.

“This is a unique opportunity to bring all of America together in one moment in time and say, look at how bright the future is,” Jim Bridenstine, NASA’s administrator, said during a news conference on Tuesday.

Lori Garver, who served as NASA’s deputy administrator during the Obama administration, said in an interview that she hoped this

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First Published: May 27 2020 | 8:52 PM IST

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