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Visitors flock to Titusville for historic Starliner launch – WFTV

TITUSVILLE, Fla. — After several delays, the day arrived. Starliner is scheduled to send its first-ever manned spacecraft to the International Space Station on Saturday.

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On the Titusville coast, all eyes are turned to the sky.

Visitors have been flocking to Space View Park since 7 a.m.

“I’m meeting one of the items on my bucket list to see a launch,” said William Martinez, who traveled from Fort Walton Beach just to see the liftoff up close. “I haven’t seen one since the maiden voyage; it’s going to be special.

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Two astronauts will board Calypso, Starliner’s capsule, to spend about a week aboard the ISS.

There, the crew will join the seven other astronauts already in space; Then the couple will return to Earth.

“We wanted to be here for this historic moment,” said Orlando resident Scott Buchanan. “It’s something we’ll take a picture of and tell our grandkids about.”

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Takeoff is scheduled for 12:25 p.m. and Channel 9 will broadcast it live online at wftv.com.

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