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Pence misses launch but treated to new SpaceX crew capsule

December 18, 2018

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence missed seeing a SpaceX rocket soar. But he still got to view the company’s new crew capsule, designed to carry astronauts to the International Space Station as soon as next year.

Pence joined members of the Air Force at Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Tuesday to witness the launch of the most powerful GPS satellite ever built. But a last-minute abort kept the Falcon rocket grounded.

Pence later toured a SpaceX hangar and admired the sleek, white Dragon capsule being readied for a January test flight, minus a crew. The next capsule, still in California, will carry astronauts.

The vice president calls the spacecraft “very cool” — and not what he expected. He says the interior reminds him of the movie “The Martian.”

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