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NASA contracts with SpaceX and Boeing for space transport
NASA contracts with SpaceX and Boeing for space transport

The United States took its first major step to returning to manned space flight as NASA awarded up to $6.8 billion to aerospace giant Boeing and California-based SpaceX to launch astronauts into space. In a throwback to the golden age of space flight, the contracts call for Apollo-like capsules that would ferry astronauts to the International Space Station. The space agency chose not to return to the winged space shuttle design, electing instead to build vehicles that would be lifted into space atop a rocket, travel to the space station, and then splash down in the ocean. The contracts — one to an aerospace stalwart and another to an upstart — also reflect new realities of...

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