Tennessee astronaut shares perspective of NASA, SpaceX launch

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The world will now have to wait until Saturday to see the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lift off from Florida, bound for the International Space Station.

The historic mission, carrying two American astronauts, was postponed due to bad weather Wednesday afternoon.

For University of Tennessee grad and astronaut Barry “Butch” Wilmore, the launch is personal. Astronauts Doug Hurley and Robert Behnken are his friends.

“They were selected at NASA at the same time that I was, so we’ve worked together for almost two decades, and for them to go up and we’ve all played a huge part in it, is fascinating,” Wilmore said.
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