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SpaceX Launches First Private Astronaut Mission to Space Station

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SpaceX and NASA Send Four Private Astronauts to Space Station

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying four private astronauts lifted off at 11:17 a.m. Eastern time from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. This marks the first private mission to the International Space Station sanctioned by NASA and brings the U.S. space agency one step closer to commercializing low earth orbit.

“It’s a new era for NASA,” Bill Nelson, the agency’s administrator, said in an interview with Bloomberg Television on Friday.