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2 U.S. astronauts arrive at launch pad for SpaceX launch

 

Last updated 5/27/2020 at 11:01am

MARCIA DUNN

AP Aerospace Writer

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (AP) - With thunder threatening a delay, two NASA astronauts arrived at the launch pad for the liftoff of a SpaceX rocket ship Wednesday on a history-making flight that was seen as a giant leap forward for the booming business of commercial space travel.

Space veterans Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken were scheduled to ride into orbit aboard the brand-new Dragon capsule on top of a Falcon 9 rocket, lifting off for the International Space Station at 4:33 p.m. EDT from the same launch pad used by the Apollo moon missions a half-century ago.

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