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Barrett, Raymond speak with US astronaut ahead of historic launch

The conversation with Behnken, an Air Force colonel, came six days before the scheduled May 27 launch of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft in Florida. The launch and the mission to the International Space Station (ISS) are significant because it is the first time since the space shuttle was retired in 2011 that a U.S.-manufactured rocket rising from a U.S. spaceport is taking astronauts into space.

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