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A screenshot from SpaceX live broadcast on YouTube shows a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying two NASA astronauts lifted off on May 30, 2020. (Xinhua)

WASHINGTON, May 30 (Xinhua) -- NASA and SpaceX launched Crew Dragon spacecraft from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Saturday, carrying two American astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS).

It is the first time since 2011 that American astronauts launch on an American rocket from American soil to the ISS.

The Crew Dragon spacecraft lifted off on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket at 3:22 p.m. Eastern Time, from historic Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center.

Veteran NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley are co-commanders on the mission. ■

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