Space travel glamorous? It’s more like a ‘messy camping trip’

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Space travel glamorous? It’s more like a ‘messy camping trip’

After a series of design hitches and test accidents, first SpaceX astronauts get ready for maiden launch

Alan Devall

The first US astronauts chosen to fly aboard a SpaceX capsule built for Nasa shrugged off a spate of design and test mishaps, saying such setbacks were “part of the process” and the new technology was far more advanced than the space shuttle programme that ended eight years ago.

Space shuttle veterans Bob Behnken, 48, and Doug Hurley, 52, are slated for blastoff later this year from Cape Canaveral, Florida, in the debut manned flight of the Crew Dragon capsule to the International Space Station and back.

Two fellow astronauts, Mike Hopkins, 50, and Victor Glover, 43, are designated for launch aboard the vehicle’s first official operational mission at a later date, possibly with two more crew members from other countries...

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