NASA says SpaceX launch is about hope, commerce, the moon, Mars — and China

NASA says the manned SpaceX launch is a step toward going back to the moon and getting to Mars. It’s also tied to U.S. national security as China challenges American dominance in space.

James Morhard, the deputy administrator of NASA since 2018, told the Washington Examiner that the launch scheduled for Saturday, after the first attempt was scrubbed last week due to stormy Florida weather at Cape Canaveral, is about “leading the beginning of a space revolution — and who leads in space will lead the world.”

Morhard said finally being able to again use American rockets to get astronauts to
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