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Capsule with parachutes lands in the ocean
SpaceX

NASA’s Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley will return to Earth Sunday after a two-month stay on the International Space Station. The capsule will splash down in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Pensacola.

Behnken and Hurley’s capsule named Endeavour undocked from the station Saturday evening. The two spent some time adjusting the orbit of the capsule for reentry and even got some sleep overnight. To wake them, NASA played an audio message from the astronauts’ sons.

United Launch Alliance

NASA’s next Mars rover is on its way to the red planet after launching Thursday morning from Cape Canaveral. The spacecraft hitched a ride into space on United Launch Alliance’s Atlas V rocket.

Exterior of Ivanhoe Park Brewing Company
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More than 100 Florida breweries could shut down permanently due to state restrictions on businesses in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus, according to a letter sent to the governor by the Florida Brewers Guild.

SpaceX launches GPS 3 for the U.S. Space Force from Cape Canaveral.
SpaceX

The Air Force’s Space Command is looking for a new home. Eight Florida communities want the new headquarters and have submitted bids. In total, 54 communities nationwide are vying to host the location which promises new jobs and economic development in host communities.

Space Perspective

A private company plans to launch tourists to the edge of space from Florida using a hydrogen-filled balloon. The company is aiming to launch test flights as early as next year.

Space Perspective plans to launch a capsule with eight passengers and one pilot to the edge of space — about 100,000 feet — where it will spend about two hours cruising through the stratosphere. It will splash down in either the Atlantic Ocean or Gulf of Mexico after the flight and get picked up by a boat.

NASA

When astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken launched from Kennedy Space Center last month, NASA and SpaceX made history. It was the first human launch from the U.S. since the end of the Space Shuttle program in 2011 — and the public-private partnership did it in the middle of a global pandemic.

Pulse Memorial
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It’s been four years since 49 people were killed at the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando. The OnePulse foundation is holding a virtual remembrance ceremony Friday evening.

Two NASA astronauts have arrived at the International Space Station, 19 hours after launching from Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Saturday. NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken made the trip on a private space vehicle designed, built and launched by SpaceX.

SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule docked with the station at 10:17 a.m. ET while flying over the border of northern China and Mongolia.

NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken in the launch tower
SpaceX

SpaceX will try once again to launch two NASA astronauts from the Kennedy Space Center Saturday but weather could delay the launch once more.

When NASA astronauts launch from the Kennedy Space Center, it will be the first time humans have blasted off from the U.S. since the end of the space shuttle program in 2011.

The pilot of that final shuttle mission was Doug Hurley, and he's aboard again Wednesday, ready to make history with the launch of SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule.