Boeing and SpaceX to send astronauts to space station

NASA selected Boeing and SpaceX on Tuesday to build America’s next spacecraft to carry astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) by 2017, opening the way to a new chapter in human spaceflight.

NASA, which has been unable to send astronauts to space since the retirement of the space shuttle in 2011, awarded a total of $6.8 billion to the two companies for their respective spacecraft.

“The total potential contract value is $4.2 billion for Boeing and $2.6 billion for SpaceX,” NASA administrator Charles Bolden said.

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