CNN Flubs Coverage of Historic SpaceX Launch

James Marshall
June 2, 2020

The network, which was carrying audio from NASA on a delay, was still running the countdown to launch as viewers watched the rocket carrying NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley flying into the atmosphere.

"We're just happy to be here and [Cassidy] is going to put us to work". The space station was 262 statute miles above the border of northern China and Mongolia when the docking occurred. "The whole world saw this mission and we are so, so proud of everything you've done for our country and, in fact, to inspire the world", NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine told Behnken and Hurley at a conference call. "On shuttle, we felt the docking".

After a flawless launch on Saturday afternoon, NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley made history as the first astronauts to arrive at the International Space Station on a commercial spacecraft.

The last time Americans launched from USA soil was in 2011, ending the space shuttle program. The mission duration is still to be determined, but once concluded Hurley and Behnken will climb back into the capsule and have it autonomously undock and make its way back to Earth.

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"For both Doug and I, we would have to give the suits a 5-star rating", added Behnken.

The two astronauts successfully entered the space station at 01:02 PM ET and will work with the NASA Expedition 63 crew led by Christopher Cassidy.

"The SpaceX crew, with Chris Cassidy already on-board the International Space Station, will be doing experiments on physiology, cardiovascular experiments, physical and life sciences, testing out life support systems ... and testing out habitation experiments for our future human space exploration", NASA's Kirk Shireman said last month.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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