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SpaceX clinches human transport deal with NASA

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Private rocket company SpaceX has been cleared for takeoff.

NASA gave the green light for the company to take astronauts to the International Space Station.

The flight is set for late 2017, but preparations could begin soon.

SpaceX joins Boeing in providing private commercial transport of astronaut crews into orbit.

NASA has relied on Russian rocket launches since retiring the space shuttle four years ago.

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