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‘This launch […] is a powerful inspiration of what we can do when we come together’

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Aviation and Space, on Sunday applauded astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken on successfully completing the first launch into space from U.S. soil in nearly a decade and the first launch on a commercially-created spacecraft in American history.

From left, Williiam T. Harris CEO of Space Center Houston, Congressman Brian Babin, NASA Adimiinistrator Jim Bridenstine, Senator Ted Cruz and JSC Director Mark S. Geyer post for a photograph after SpaceX DM-2 Hatch Opening Legislative Media Event at Space Center Houston Photographer: James Blair

Addressing the astronauts from Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas – the home of human space exploration – after safely docking their SpaceX Dragon capsule to the International Space Station, Sen. Cruz said

Senator Ted Cruz speaks during SpaceX DM-2 Hatch Opening Legislative Media Event at Space Center Houston Photographer: James Blair

“Congratulations gentlemen, the eyes of the world are upon you, and everyone is proud of you. All of America is watching you and today and yesterday represent big days. We’re looking at a decade since we’ve had American astronauts launched on an American ship from American soil. I can tell you I sat with my wife and kids in our living room watching on TV yesterday and I suspect we did what just about everyone watching did, including both of you, we just held our breath as it took off.  We’re glad to see you’ve landed safely. We’re glad to see you’ve docked.”

Coverage of Expedition 63 flight control team
with Flight Director Zebulon Scoville during SpaceX
DM-2 docking in FCR-1 PHOTOGRAPHER: BILL STAFFORD

Recognizing the unprecedented challenges and division facing the country right now, Sen. Cruz added: 

“As a country, we are in the midst of a tough week. We’re seeing protests, we’re seeing a lot of anger and we’re seeing violence. I have to say, this launch and y’alls docking is a powerful inspiration for what we can do when we come together. Of the power of unity [and] the power of ingenuity.”

As chairman of the Subcommittee on Aviation and Space, Sen. Cruz has championed America’s leadership in space. In 2016, Sen. Cruz introduced the NASA Transition Authorization Act, which was signed into law in 2017. The legislation made a serious commitment to the manned exploration of space and enabled commercial space ventures to flourish, as demonstrated by Saturday’s launch.

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