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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – NASA has announced the first human spaceflight aboard SpaceX rocket to the International Space Station.

It is expected to take place next June.

This will be the first manned United States launch to the orbiting research lab since the space shuttle program was retired in 2011.

American astronauts have been hitching costly rides aboard Russia’s spacecraft that contract expires in November 2019.