SpaceX To Transport Astronauts To Space

Hawthorne-based SpaceX has been selected by NASA to help transport astronauts to space, the agency said Tuesday afternoon, in a move to return astronaut launches to American soil. According to NASA, both Boeing and SpaceX have been selected to deliver astronauts to the International Space Station. NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said in an announcement that the move will help end the nation's sole reliance on Russia for delivering astronauts to space by 2017, and also help NASA focus on sending humans to Mars. The deal is worth a total of $2.6 billion for SpaceX, and $4.2 billion for Boeing.