Trump may watch SpaceX's 1st astronaut launch for NASA in person

NASA astronauts Robert Behnken left and Doug Hurley speak during a news conference after they arrived at the Kennedy Space

Trump Tells Journalists He'd Like to Put Them in Upcoming Rocket Launch and 'Get Rid of You For a While'

NASA and the Kennedy Space Center in Florida have welcomed the two astronauts who, next Wednesday, are scheduled to head to space, becoming the first humans to do so from USA soil in nine years.

"I'm thinking about going to the rocket launch", Trump confirmed to reporters as he left the White House for a trip to MI.

U.S. astronauts have been flying to the ISS on Russian Soyuz rockets since the space shuttle program ended in 2011.

A photo released by NASA on Thursday showed the Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon being raised into a vertical position on Kennedy Space Center's launch pad 39A, which was also used for the Apollo and space shuttle programs.

NASA veterans and former space shuttle astronauts Col. Doug Hurley and Col.

Launched atop the Falcon 9 rocket, Crew Dragon will accelerate to approximately 17,000 miles per hour, according to NASA, placing the capsule on course for the International Space Station. "I hope you're all going to join me", Trump told reporters as he headed to MI to visit a Ford plant that is now making ventilators to help fight the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

"I'm thinking about going". "I'd like to put you in the rocket and get rid of you for a while".

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