SpaceX Crew Dragon, Falcon 9 go vertical on launchpad

CNET | 1/7/2019 | Amanda Kooser
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The SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule gets ready ahead of an uncrewed test flight.

The last time astronauts launched from US soil was back in 2011 aboard the Space Shuttle Atlantis. SpaceX and NASA just took another step towards bringing crewed launches back.

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The SpaceX Crew Dragon is atop a Falcon 9 rocket and they're now vertical on the launchpad at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

SpaceX and its founder Elon Musk both shared images of the capsule sitting pretty. "Falcon 9 on launch pad with Crew Dragon & new astronaut walkway," Musk wrote on Sunday.

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Musk then clarified, "Sorry, to be clear, this pic is all real. Nothing rendered."

SpaceX shared a particularly gorgeous shot of the Falcon 9 against a backdrop of rosy clouds.

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Falcon 9 and Crew Dragon get ready for a test flight.

SpaceX hopes to make history from Launch Complex 39A, which also hosted the launch of the Apollo 11 moon mission in 1969 and the first space shuttle mission in 1981.

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Musk, known for his quirky sense of humor, tweeted an image that appears to show the doorway to the Crew...
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