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NASA Selects Astronauts for New Space Launches

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Added On August 5, 2018

The US space agency NASA has named nine astronauts for the first manned space launches from U.S. territory since its space shuttle's retirement in 2011.
 
The astronauts will be taken by the SpaceX Dragon and Boeing Starliner capsules to the International Space Station.
 
The launches signal a milestone in the U.S. space program, as it shifts to the private sector for transporting cargo and astronauts to the international space station.
 
NASA has said the first test flight is set to lift off in mid-2019.
 
Since the NASA space shuttle program was shut down in 2011, the U.S. space agency has relied on Russian to send astronauts to the space station.