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American Astronauts returned to space in an American rocket for the first time in nearly 10 years.

Crew Dragon spacecraft, with two astronauts launched by NASA and SpaceX, reached Internation Space Station marking the first commercial partnership.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon spacecraft had been launched from Launch Complex 39A on NASA's SpaceX Demo-2 mission to the International Space Station(ISS) on May 30, 2020, from Kennedy Space Center. The mission on which Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken went to ISS was a bold new venture for the space agency's plan to allow commercial companies to take its astronauts into low-Earth orbit.

The launch was special as American astronauts were once again launched on an American rocket from American soil to low-Earth orbit for the first time since the conclusion of the Space Shuttle Program in 2011.

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket took about 19 hours to reach the space station. Crew Dragon separated from the rocket at 3:35 p.m. ET and entered the orbit. The launch of this commercial space system had been designed for humans- to expand human exploration to the Moon and Mars. The event had been attended by President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and Second Lady Karen Pence.

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