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US returns today to launch astronauts into space

Manned flight is also historic because it will be the 1st private company, SpaceX by Elon Musk.

After a hiatus of more than nine years, astronauts will resume flights to Earth orbit from the United States. If the weather permits, he should leave this Wednesday (27th), at 5:33 pm (Brasília time), the first manned mission of the Crew Dragon capsule, from Elon Musk’s SpaceX. On board, two NASA astronauts: Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken.

The flight is historic for two reasons. Not only will it be the first manned space launch (excluding small, suborbital “jumps into space” made by Virgin Galactic’s VSS Unity suborbital vehicle) since the retirement of the American space agency’s space shuttles in 2011, but also is configured as the first orbital flight with crew to be carried out by a private company.

Read more in Folha de S.Paulo

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