NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Nick Hague delivered their Independence Day message from the International Space Station.
Two Americans celebrate the Fourth of July, 250 miles above Earth.
NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Nick Hague are currently aboard the International Space Station, serving as flight engineers on Expedition 60 of the orbiting space laboratory.
"By orbiting our planet above you, we want to take a moment and wish all Americans at home and around the world a happy fourth of July," Koch said in a video posted on Twitter. "Throughout history, our flag has traveled with humans and robots to the farthest reaches of the solar system, as American ingenuity has pushed the limits of what is possible through reach, determination and imagination" .
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"On this Independence Day, we are now on the verge of American astronauts, engineers, scientists and commercial companies who are taking the next giant leap for humanity," he said.
Koch, The Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin arrived at the ISS aboard a Soyuz spacecraft on March 14, 2019.
Selected as a NASA astronaut in 2013, this mission marks Koch's first space flight. It is scheduled to set a record for the longest space flight by a woman with an expected total of 328 days in space, according to NASA.
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Nick Hague's first attempt to reach the ISS ended in a moving way in October 2018, when he and Ovchinin made a dramatic escape from a failed Soyuz rocket just minutes after its launch.
In the video posted on Twitter, the Colonel of the US Air Force UU He explained that this is an exciting time for the US space program. UU
"It is an incredibly exciting time for space flights in the United States, from the completion of the first flight in the Commercial Crew Program to the presentation of the bold plan to send the first woman and the next man to the Moon by 2024. This is a unique moment. "In the story where we can turn our eyes to heaven and to heaven and be proud to be Americans," he said.
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The effort to bring a man and a woman to the moon is part of NASA's Artemis program. Astronauts will also be the first humans to set foot on the Moon's South Pole.
On July 20, 2019, marks the 50th anniversary of the landing of the Moon of Apollo 11.
Only 12 men, all Americans, have walked on the Moon.
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The long-term goal of NASA is to send a manned mission to Mars in the 2030s.
The Associated Press contributed to this article. Follow James Rogers on Twitter @jamesjrogers