2 astronauts climb aboard SpaceX rocket for historic flight

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MARCIA DUNN AP Aerospace Writer CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Despite more storms in the forecast, two NASA astronauts climbed into their capsule Saturday for a second attempt at a history-making ride into orbit aboard a rocket ship designed and built by Elon Musk's SpaceX company. With the flight already delayed three days by bad weather, forecasters put the odds of acceptable conditions at 50-50 for the 3:22 p.m. liftoff of the 270-foot Falcon 9 in what would be the first launch of astronauts into orbit by a private company. Their destination: the International Space Station, 250 miles above Earth. It would also be NASA's first human spaceflight launched from U.S. soil in nearly a decade. NASA officials and others held out hope the mission would be a morale-booster amid the gloom
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