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The President and Vice President will travel to Florida to witness the first launch of NASA astronauts on a private spacecraft

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with the Crew Dragon capsule at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on March 1, 2019.

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SpaceX He’s set to make history with his first astronaut launch for NASA next week, from the United States.

No defects were found during a crucial flight readiness (FRR) review for the mission Demo-2 of SpaceX, and remains the private company’s first manned flight on the way for a takeoff scheduled for May 27NASA officials announced Friday.

“The Flight Readiness Review has concluded, and NASA’s SpaceX Demo-2 mission is cleared to take off on the agency’s first commercial Crew Program manned flight,” NASA officials wrote in an update today. .

Demo-2 will send NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to the International Space Station (ISS) aboard the capsule Crew Dragon of SpaceX, which will launch on a Falcon 9 rocket from the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida.

President Donald trump plans to travel to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida Wednesday to witness the launch of the first Americans to go into space from the United States in nearly a decade, a White House official said Friday.

Since the suspension of NASA’s shuttle program, the launches have been made from Russia and the astronauts had not since returned to Cape Canaveral for a launch.

The test launch, called the Demo-2 mission, It will also mark the first time that NASA will send astronauts to the ISS aboard a spacecraft built by a private company.

President Trump has praised Elon Musk, the owner of SpaceX and has said that he is “one of our great geniuses”, comparing him to inventor Thomas Edison.

Musk, in recent weeks on Twitter, has been irritated by the coronavirus-related business closings. Last week, he reopened the Tesla factory in Fremont, California, against local prevention standards. Trump praised the move.

With information from NASA, Space.com and Politico

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