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SpaceX is about to launch its first full NASA crew to the space station

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida — SpaceX is set to make history once again this year, as Elon Musk’s space company prepares to launch the Crew-1 mission for NASA on Sunday evening. NASA and SpaceX completed the required reviews ahead of the mission, which is set to liftoff from launchpad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The launch comes less than six months after the company’s historic final demonstration mission, a two-month test flight that resulted in the agency certifying SpaceX’s system to carry astronauts. “It marks the end of the development phase of the system,” NASA director of commercial spaceflight development Phil McAlister told reporters on Thursday. “It may not seem that profound right now … but I believe 20 years from now we’re going to look back at this time as a major turning point in our exploration and utilization of space.” “With this milestone, NASA and SpaceX have changed the historical arc of human space transportation,” McAlister added.

Here’s what you should know:

—SpaceX is set to make history once again this year, as Elon Musk’s space company prepares to launch the Crew-1 mission for NASA on Sunday evening.

—NASA earlier this week certified SpaceX’s system to carry astronauts, a major milestone that will see the company begin regularly flying humans to space.

—“With this milestone, NASA and SpaceX have changed the historical arc of human space transportation,” NASA director of commercial spaceflight development Phil McAlister said.

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