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NASA Sets The First US Manned Flights Since 2011

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NASA  – The past Friday The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) had set nine astronauts to travel on the first manned space flight, taking off from US territory since the end of the space shuttle program in 2011.

NASA’s announcement is a major step in the US space program as it moves into the private sector to transport astronauts to the International Space Station.

Since shutting down the shuttle program, NASA had to rely on Russia to deliver its astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS).

NASA has named the astronauts chosen to fly on commercial spacecraft made by Boeing and SpaceX to and from the International Space Station, the research laboratory that orbits around Earth.

The first flight is expected next year. In a statement at the Johnson Space Centre in Houston, the director of NASA had stated “Space is not the American way of life … for the first time since 2011, we are about to send American astronauts on US vehicles from US territory.”

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