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NASA picks firms for crew transportation

The Space Act Agreements mark the first step since President Barack Obama's Monday release of his fiscal 2011 budget request that killed NASA's planned Constellation project that was to have returned humans to the moon. The new funding supports the president's direction to foster commercial human spaceflight capabilities.
"The president has asked NASA to partner with the aerospace industry in a fundamentally new way, making commercially provided services the primary mode of astronaut transportation to the International Space Station," said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. "We are pleased to be able to quickly move forward to advance this exciting plan for NASA."

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