SpaceX Successfully Launches Its First Human Passengers Into Orbit

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SpaceX has successfully launched into orbit its first human passengers: NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley. The astronauts lifted off at 3:22 p.m. ET on Saturday while riding inside Crew Dragon, a new privately developed spaceship that Elon Musk‘s rocket company made in part for NASA.

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However, the Demo-2 mission is a test flight that’s far from over. Behnken and Hurley could spend up to 110 days in space after they reach and dock with the International Space Station. Garrett Reisman, a former astronaut who worked on SpaceX‘s Dragon vehicles, said success for Demo-2 could spark a golden age of commercial spaceflight.

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