In 2024, Space Coast gears up for most astronaut launches since ’09

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Orlando Sentinel

The business of sending humans into space has not yet risen to the levels seen during the space shuttle program, but 2024 could see the most U.S.-based orbital launches in 15 years. There are seven missions slated from either Kennedy Space Center or Cape Canaveral Space Force Station that look to place 26 humans into orbit. It’s the highest number of crew launching from the Space Coast since 2009. That year saw five shuttle launches with 35 humans on board. The seven planned launches would also be the most since the eight space shuttle launches in 1997. The shuttle era finished with only three…

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