Trump to attend Wednesday's NASA astronaut launch in Florida

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The launch of the NASA / SpaceX Commercial Crew flight test will take NASA's newest test pilots, Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken, in a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. SpaceX confirmed two hours later that the test was a success.

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said this week's meetings weren't just a rubber stamp.

In addition to standard quarantine conditions, both SpaceX and NASA have taken extra precautions to limit any possible exposure to the novel coronavirus. NASA and SpaceX did "a tremendous amount of work" to mitigate those concerns, Jurczyk said. "Much harder problem than it may seem", he tweeted. He also stated that there are still "a lot of checks to do, but the (flight) readiness review was good and we are a go". In about 24 hours, Crew Dragon will be in position to rendezvous and dock with the space station. Today, during their final pre-flight news briefing, they said they understood the risk trade-offs that NASA and SpaceX were making. "As far as insight goes, we've had probably more than any crew has in recent history". "We're living the dream", he said.

The flight will be the final test for SpaceX for NASA's Commercial Crew Program, in which NASA enlists privately-owned companies to create starships to transport astronauts to and from the ISS.

"It's only the fifth time that people have been launched on a new USA spacecraft", John Logsdon, a professor emeritus at George Washington University's Space Policy Institute and former member of the NASA Advisory Council, told ABC News.

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If all goes well, it would be the first launch of NASA astronauts to space from USA soil since the space shuttle was retired almost a decade ago, and it would be the first time a private company had boosted people to orbit.

NASA has awarded contracts worth $3.1 billion (roughly Rs. 23,552 crores) to SpaceX and $4.9 billion (roughly Rs. 37,228 crores) to Boeing in a bid to give the U.S. independent access to space once again. The space agency is paying $90 million to Russia's space agency for a seat on a launch later in 2020.

There have been plenty of setbacks along the way. NASA has only one crew member now aboard the station. Top officials at the USA space agency and Elon Musk's company had been meeting since Thursday at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida for final checks of the Crew Dragon space capsule ahead of its maiden May 27 crewed mission.

"We're going to stay vigilant over the next few days", said Kathy Lueders, the director of NASA's commercial crew program.

"I hope the nation can look at this and recognize that this is something that we are still going to accomplish, this is still something that we are still going to be successful at and we're going to do it in the face of the pandemic", he added. "And I'm very, very proud of them right now". It is planned that the astronaut for about six months on the space station, because the "Crew Dragon" should be able to remain in the future, a minimum of 210 days in Orbit, a requirement of the Nasa .

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