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New Spaceship Prepares To Blast Off And Make History

NASA and SpaceX plan to launch astronauts to the International Space Station on Wednesday. This is the first time a new kind of spacecraft has launched astronauts into orbit since the space shuttle.
The SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft is prepared for its first crewed launch from American soil, It arrived at the launch site on Feb. 13, 2020. Source: SpaceX

Almost 40 years have passed since the last time NASA astronauts blasted off into space on a brand new spaceship.

Now, as NASA looks forward to Wednesday's planned test flight of the SpaceX Crew Dragon with a pair of astronauts on board, some in the spaceflight community have a little bit of déjà vu.

The first space shuttle, Columbia, flew on April 12, 1981. Crowds gathered in Florida to watch this strange new spacecraft. It looked more like an airplane than the familiar bell-shaped capsules of the Apollo moon missions.

wife woke him up for the shuttle launch and

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