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SpaceX's Abort Test Is A Success, Crewed Flights To Follow

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After weather-related delays yesterday, SpaceX has successfully tested the abort feature of its Crew Dragon spacecraft, clearing the way for the first manned flights later on in the year.
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Live updates: SpaceX just launched and intentionally exploded a rocket for NASA to test a spaceship abort system

Live updates: SpaceX just launched and intentionally exploded a rocket for NASA to test a spaceship abort system

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SpaceX just completed a crucial safety test that's designed to show its Crew Dragon capsule is ready to carry astronauts to space .
The company's Falcon 9 rocket lifted off at 10:30 a.m. ET, but mission controllers intentionally shut off its engines about 84 seconds into the flight.
At that moment, the Crew Dragon spaceship detached and sped away with its own rocket engines. Seconds later the tumbling rocket exploded under the strain of aerodynamic forces.
About 9 minutes into the mission, the Crew Dragon space capsule splashed down into the Atlantic Ocean, where recovery crews are...
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