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NASA Picks Contractors to Resume Manned Space Flight

The United States has taken a major step towards once again launching astronauts into orbit from U.S. soil. The U.S. space agency NASA named two private companies — Boeing and Space Exploration Technologies Corporation — to build and launch spacecrafts to and from the International Space Station. NASA has relied on Russia to transport crews since it retired its space station fleet in 2011. It hopes to resume launches from the U.S. in 2017. NASA chief Charlie Bolden said Tuesday...

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