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NASA calculated how risky SpaceX's first launch of humans could be, and the astronauts flying the space mission say they're 'very comfortable' with those odds

NASA calculated how risky SpaceX's first launch of humans could be, and the astronauts flying the space mission say they're 'very comfortable' with those odds
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SpaceX is preparing to fly its first humans to orbit aboard a new Crew Dragon spaceship.




The Demo-2 mission, as it's called, is a high-stakes test flight of astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to the International Space Station.




The mission on Friday passed a critical NASA safety review, teeing up the astronauts to launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida, at 4:33 p.m. ET on Wednesday.




NASA told Business Insider it estimates there's a 1-in-276 chance the flight could be fatal and a 1-in-60 chance that some problem would cause the mission to fail (but not kill the crew).




Behnken said he and Hurley are "really comfortable" with the risks of their flight.




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SpaceX is about to launch its first people to orbit and, in the process, resurrect human spaceflight from America.
Though SpaceX's flight is experimental, the two astronauts slated to pilot it say they accept the risks and are ready to fly.
The rocket company, founded by Elon Musk in 2002, has worked for nearly a decade with NASA to design, build, and fly a new seven-seat spaceship called Crew Dragon. NASA's hope with more than $3.1 billion effort is to once again launch astronauts from US soil — an ability the agency lost in July 2011 when it retired its last space shuttle.
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