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8 July, Wednesday

Space X sends two NASA astronauts to ISS

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SpaceX is officially ready to launch two NASA astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) Wednesday after mission teams completed the final launch readiness review on Monday, reports citing Euronews.

Astronauts Douglas Hurley and Bob Behnken will blast off atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, departing from the same Kennedy Space Center launch pad in Florida.

"It's great to be here at the Kennedy Space Center. We are once again launching American astronauts on American rockets from American soil. And this is a big moment in time, it's been nine years since we've had this opportunity," said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine while speaking to the media on Tuesday.

Only three countries have launched people into orbit since 1961: Russia, the US, and China, in that order.

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