NASA has made a big step towards sending astronauts into space from American soil by issuing SpaceX its first mission order to launch astronauts into orbit. The new order is the second in a series of guaranteed orders that NASA will make for the Commercial Crew Transportation Capability contracts.
Boeing was the first company to receive one of these mission orders in May of this year. Even though Boeing received its crew mission order first, it hasn’t yet been determined which of the two firms will be the first to launch manned missions.
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