NASA is getting back into manned space travel. NASA contracted Boeing and SpaceX to build spaceships.
After three years relying on Russia to transport Astronauts into space, NASA is finally getting back on track on using their own ships. NASA has contracted two private companies to build spaceships. Boeing gets $4.2billion to make the Boeing CST-100 space capsule ready for manned missions.
Elon Musk SpaceX gets $2.6billion for the Crew Dragon Spacecraft. Under the $2.6 billion contract, SpaceX will launch the Crew Dragon spacecraft atop the Falcon 9 launch vehicle from Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Elon Musk beat Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin in winning this NASA contract.
The first manned NASA missions are supposed to take place in 2017.
"From day one, the Obama Administration made clear that the greatest nation on Earth should not be dependent on other nations to get into space," NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden said at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. "Thanks to the leadership of President Obama, the hard work of our NASA and industry teams, and support from Congress, today we are one step closer to launching our astronauts from U.S. soil on American spacecraft and ending the nation’s sole reliance on Russia by 2017. Turning over low-Earth orbit transportation to private industry will also allow NASA to focus on an even more ambitious mission – sending humans to Mars."
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