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Private Rocket Launches New Era in Space Exploration


Location: Weston, FL

Early Tuesday morning the first private spacecraft headed to dock at the International Space Station launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida. U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) released the following statement:

"This morning we ushered in a new chapter of American Space exploration with the launch of the Falcon 9 rocket carrying the unmanned Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station. This is an example of the kind of innovation that will propel us into the future of space exploration, and hopefully lead us to new discoveries yet to be imagined.

"Under President Obama's plan, Florida's Space Coast will be at the center of America's commercial space industry as NASA continues its mission of research and exploration. This plan includes extending the life of the International Space Station, supports the growing commercial space industry, and addresses important scientific challenges while continuing our commitment to further robust human space exploration, science, and aeronautics programs.

"From the creation of the Task Force on Space Industry Workforce and Economic Development to funding upgrades for the Kennedy Space Center so that it's fully prepared to launch NASA's new rockets and capsules, the President is working to ensure a thriving future for Florida's Space Coast workers. Working together with NASA, the Space Coast's hardworking Americans, and the private-sector's innovation, we can ensure that America remains the world leader in space exploration and continues laying the groundwork for a Space Coast economy that's built to last."

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