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Taxi for NASA! SpaceX to fly astronauts to space station

MrT

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"no shuttles exploded prior to the first manned missions."

Apart from very early airborne excursions on the back of the carrier 747 aircraft, no shuttle flew without a crew - the 5 ALT unpowered glides by Enterprise and the first 4 STS orbital launches were the test flights.

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