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  • Five, four, three, two, one, zero.

  • Ignition, liftoff.

  • With a thunderous rocket roar, America opened a new chapter in space history today.

  • The first launch in nine years and the first private company ever to launch NASA astronauts into space.

  • The vehicle is supersonic.

  • Astronauts Doug Hurley and Rob Behnken traveling 17,000 miles per hour for a Sunday morning rendezvous with the space station,

  • Isolated since March to avoid COVID exposure, they donned their new space suits this morning before waving goodbye a second time to their families.

  • With millions tuning in around the world, hundreds of thousands lined the Florida coast to watch the launch in person.

  • Some choosing to socially distance, but many if not most caught up in the moment.

  • We're still America, still strong, we're great.

  • We can overcome these challenges, and we still press forward.

  • Hurley and Benghnken arriving at Launch Pad 39A in an Elon Musk Tesla.

  • The volatile weather clearing just in time, as the president and vice president returned for the second attempt.

  • Falcon-station separation confirmed.

  • The liftoff and rocket separation exactly as planned.

  • Dragon-SpaceX nominal orbital insertion.

  • In a signature SpaceX maneuver, its booster rocket return to a bullseye landing on a barge in the ocean.

  • At a time of political polarization and pandemic isolation, a moment for the entire nation to cheer as one.

  • From space Bob Behnken weighed in.

  • It was incredible.

  • I appreciate all the hard work and thanks for the great ride to space.

  • So proud of the people at NASA, all the people that worked together, public and private.

  • When you see a sight like that, it's incredible.

  • Tom, it was thrilling watching this all live with you.

  • When did the astronauts arrive at the space station?

  • 10:29 a.m. tomorrow morning.

  • And by the way this mission could last one to four months depending on how well the spaceship performs.

  • And then NASA focuses on the next mission going to the moon, it hopes, within four years.

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