Mayor Cantrell issues statement on historic SpaceX launch


CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA – MAY 30: The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches into space with NASA astronauts Bob Behnken (R) and Doug Hurley aboard the rocket from the Kennedy Space Center on May 30, 2020 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The inaugural flight is the first manned mission since the end of the Space Shuttle program in 2011 to be launched into space from the United States. (Photo by Saul Martinez/Getty Images)

NEW ORLEANS – On Saturday, Mayor LaToya Cantrell issued the following statement on the successful launch of SpaceX Falcon 9:

“We are so proud of the role New Orleans played in today’s historic launch. One of the two astronauts aboard the Demo-2 mission on the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft, Douglas G. Hurley, graduated from Tulane University’s School of Engineering with a degree in civil engineering in 1988.

We are also proud to have New Orleans serve as home to the NASA Michoud Assembly Facility. We wish the entire crew a safe journey to and stay at the International Space Station.

It is historic moments like this that inspire us to recommit ourselves to promote STEM learning at every opportunity — in our schools from elementary through college, as well as in workforce development training — so we can help launch the next Doug Hurley into space.”


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