NASA and Boeing to Again Launch Astronauts from Florida

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex congratulates the Boeing Company and SpaceX, selected today by NASA to launch astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) from Kennedy Space Center as early as 2017. The announcement is part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, which identifies private sector companies to provide safe, cost-effective and reliable access through U.S. space transportation systems to and from the ISS and low Earth orbit. 

In this public-private partnership, industry partners are responsible for developing the spaceflight system, which it owns and operates. NASA certifies the systems for safety and reliability for NASA astronauts. The system becomes the “taxi ride” to low-Earth orbit, and NASA buys a ticket to use the service to transport astronauts.

“We congratulate The Boeing Company and SpaceX on being named by NASA’s Commercial Crew Program to launch astronauts to the International Space Station from Kennedy Space Center,” said Therrin Protze, Visitor Complex chief operating officer. “Manned launches will offer Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex guests the opportunity to witness history in the making as astronauts begin their journey to the ISS from the Space Coast.”

“This is a very exciting time for space exploration with manned launches from Kennedy Space Center scheduled for as early as 2017,” said Jon McBride, space shuttle astronaut. “The Boeing Company and SpaceX will make it possible for the United States to transport our own astronauts to space once again.”


  1. I know this is a blog, and grammar doesn't matter. And by your grammar I suspect you're from a Spanish or Portuguese-speaking country originally, but the title of this one just made my cringe.

    It should read, "NASA and Boeing to Again Launch Astronauts from Florida" or "NASA and Boeing to Launch Astronauts Again from Florida".

    Apologies for the unsolicited advice.

  2. Thank you very much for that advice, Grammar Dude. While this stopped being a real blog years ago, there are still times when we may overlook some things (of course, you will never find errors with things like "you're" or "your").

    It is funny though, as we had a hard time coming up with a good title, and even the final version did not sound good to us. Thanks again.

  3. Thanks for the kind response. "Your vs you're" is a big one. So is "lose vs loose". And you're right, this is definitely much more than a blog. I'm very happy for the people of Florida that manned spaceflight is returning to KSC. I hope they re-hire some of those who lost their jobs when they retired the space shuttles.

  4. A part of me missed hearing those sonic booms.
    I'm glad to know they're coming back in a good way.


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