SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket took off at Cape Canaveral to launch its Crew Dragon capsule with two NASA astronauts to the ISS. The first successful crewed launch from US soil in years ushers in a spaceflight era with private enterprises leading the way.
The US space agency has named a veteran NASA engineer to lead America's return to the moon. She was in charge of the first ever commercial spaceflight last month, when a SpaceX rocket brought two astronauts to the ISS.
The buzz about the NASA SpaceX test flight, Demo-2, is palpable. Tagged "Launch America," it's the first crewed mission to launch from US soil since the Shuttle program ended. But it's been in the making since Apollo.
After being delayed by bad weather, the Falcon 9 rocket has lifted off from Florida — the first launch of astronauts into orbit by a private firm. It's also NASA's first human spaceflight from US soil in nearly a decade.
The US is resuming crewed space travel with American spacecraft after nearly a decade of relying on Russian aid to reach the ISS. The era of space cooperation between Moscow and Washington may be reaching its end.
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