Tuesday, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) praised Wednesday’s planned launch of American astronauts on American rockets from American soil—the first such launch in a decade, and the first SpaceX launch of this kind in American history.

Congressman Brooks said, “The Tennessee Valley is excited by tomorrow’s launch. The Tennessee Valley is the birthplace of America’s space program and Huntsville is proudly nicknamed the ‘Rocket City.’ I well remember the earth-shaking, dish-rattling Apollo rocket engine tests on Redstone Arsenal just a few miles from our home. I also proudly remember 1969, when our community’s rocket engine work came to fruition with landing and walking on the Moon.”

Brooks continued, “Fast forward to today. I again feel great pride in America’s space accomplishments. Tomorrow— if all goes according to plan and the weather cooperates— America will again launch American astronauts on American rockets from American soil. Tomorrow’s launch is truly historic. There hasn’t been an all-American launch in a decade, and tomorrow’s launch signals a resurgence of America’s human space flight preeminence.”

Brooks concluded, “I can’t wait to watch tomorrow’s 3:33 pm CDT launch from Cape Canaveral’s historic Launch Complex 39A. NASA and SpaceX have teamed to launch American astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley on SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket, the same rocket that successfully flew uncrewed in March 2019. Bob and Doug will embark on a 19-hour journey to the International Space Station where they will spend between one and four months onboard. Godspeed to the Falcon 9 crew, the ground crew, and all the support staff working to make tomorrow’s launch a success. Each of these individuals is playing a truly historic role in America’s space resurgence. The Tennessee Valley stands ready to again do our part in making this launch and future launches successful.”

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