LIVE: Welcoming Ceremony for the SpaceX DM-2 NASA astronauts – Hawthorne, California/Johnson Space Center

Within hours after docking to the International Space Station aboard their new SpaceX Crew Dragon craft “Endeavour” May 31, NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken floated aboard the orbital outpost and were greeted by Expedition 63 Commander Chris Cassidy of NASA and Russian crewmates Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner. A short time later, Hurley and Behnken received congratulatory calls from NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Rep. Bruce Babin (R-Texas), Johnson Space Center Director Mark Geyer and JSC Deputy Director Vanessa Wyche, who viewed the docking from Mission Control, Houston. Almost nine years after the retirement of the space shuttle, the launches of American astronauts on American spacecraft from American soil resumed with Hurley and Behnken launching on the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida May 30.

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