SpaceX and NASA launch astronauts from US soil | USA TODAY

SpaceX and NASA launch astronauts from US soil | USA TODAY 1

 

NASA uses SpaceX Falcon 9 to launch US astronauts into space from US soil for the first time in nearly 9 years, since the last space shuttle mission.
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The flight, known as Crew Dragon Demo-2, bridges the gap left behind by the space shuttle program's final flight in July 2011. It's the first time a private company has sent humans into orbit — and the first time in nearly a decade that the United States has launched astronauts into orbit from U.S. soil. Ever since the space shuttle was retired in 2011, NASA has relied on Russian spaceships launched from Kazakhstan to take U.S. astronauts to and from the space station.

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22 Comments on "SpaceX and NASA launch astronauts from US soil | USA TODAY"

  1. Lena Jonathas | May 30, 2020 at 4:30 PM | Reply

    Tight work‼️

  2. Brittish Cullen | May 30, 2020 at 4:40 PM | Reply

    That’s so freaking COOOL!!!!!

  3. In awe – very cool. Congratulations USA. Go you good thing.

  4. those space suits are like something out of science fiction..kudos

  5. Keanu Reeves | May 30, 2020 at 6:01 PM | Reply

    Godspeed

  6. About damn time 🙄

  7. Stefan lazdin12345 | May 30, 2020 at 7:33 PM | Reply

    my mum and dad and me and my friend were waiting to see this launch and we thought we would be able to see it going to the moon with our HUGE binoculars well done USA

  8. Lisimaco Varela | May 30, 2020 at 7:37 PM | Reply

    👍

  9. Flavio Jarabeck | May 30, 2020 at 7:38 PM | Reply

    Is it just me or was there something weird on the Falcon landing… with a Signal Lost before that… It just appeared landed…

  10. Amazing Koala | May 30, 2020 at 7:50 PM | Reply

    SpaceX rocket successfully launches.
    Liberals howl and moan into the sky.

  11. D. M. Meister | May 30, 2020 at 8:13 PM | Reply

    Godspeed!

  12. Average Joe P.I. | May 30, 2020 at 8:43 PM | Reply

    HOSERS “Bob & Doug” McKenzie from the Saturday Night Live TV show are on their way to the international space station with nothing but a cargo bay filled with 2-4’s of beer!

  13. CBS missed the shot of stage 1 landing….

  14. Get me outta here!

  15. BAba Bray sheep | May 30, 2020 at 9:23 PM | Reply

    It’s been 11 years and people are in space again

  16. Rick Denton | May 30, 2020 at 9:52 PM | Reply

    secret feed from Boeing’s CEO’s office, “This isn’t as important as my BONUS CHECK, I should get a double check, triple check just because.

  17. Inna Sokolova | May 30, 2020 at 9:57 PM | Reply

    Go USA! Go NASA! With love from Ukraine.

  18. ThatOneGirl Gamer | May 30, 2020 at 10:25 PM | Reply

    My only question is……will they be able to stream space force from there?

  19. Ethan Rogers | May 30, 2020 at 10:27 PM | Reply

    At one point it looked like a light saber

  20. Carrus Brick Productions | May 30, 2020 at 10:53 PM | Reply

    I was gonna see this today but I was gone and I didn’t get to see it

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