SpaceX’s launch of two NASA astronauts is set for today (May 27th), the first by the U.S. since the end of the space shuttle program in 2011, nearly a decade ago. SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon capsule will be bringing astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken to the International Space Station on a test flight. SpaceX will be the first private company to put astronauts in orbit. President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence are expected to be at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida for the planned 4:33 p.m. ET liftoff. Since the end of the space shuttle program, the U.S. has been paying Russia to launch and return NASA astronauts. SpaceX has been launching cargo capsules to the space station since 2012.
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