NASA astronauts will launch into space from U.S. soil in May for the first time since the space shuttle program was retired in 2011. The space agency announced Thursday that the date for the launch is set for May 27 in Florida. It will also mark the first time that a rocket used in a launch will be made by SpaceX, a private space company founded by Elon Musk. NASA touted the planned flight as a “new era of human spaceflight” and included photos of the two astronauts, Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley, who will be charged with making it into orbit and docking with the International Space Station.
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