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SpaceX set to launch space station’s next astronaut crew for NASA

SpaceX set to launch space station’s next astronaut crew for NASA

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The SpaceX launch vehicle, consisting of a two-stage Falcon 9 rocket topped with a Crew Dragon capsule dubbed Freedom

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was set for liftoff with its four-member crew at 3:52 a.m. EDT (0752 GMT) from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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During a pre-launch briefing on Tuesday, NASA officials said forecasts called for a 90% chance of favorable weather conditions for an on-time lift-off.

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“Flying safely with crew means that you’ve got to do it one step at a time,” Kathryn Lueders, associate NASA administrator for space operations, told reporters.

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“We’re hoping that you’ll get to see a really, really beautiful step, and we’ll get our crew safely to orbit.”

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Assigned as Crew 4 commander is Dr. Kjell Lindgren, 49, a board-certified emergency medicine physician and one-time flight surgeon making his second trip to the ISS, where he logged 141 days in orbit in 2015.

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