All-private astronaut team lifts off on landmark launch to space station

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By Steve Nesius and Steve Gorman CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) -A SpaceX rocket ship blasted off on Friday carrying the first all-private astronaut team ever launched to the International Space Station (ISS), a flight hailed by industry executives and NASA as a milestone in the commercialization of spaceflight. The four-man team selected by Houston-based startup Axiom Space Inc for its landmark debut spaceflight and orbital science mission lifted off at 11:17 a.m. EDT (1517 GMT) from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Live video webcast by Axiom showed the 25-story-tall S…

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