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SpaceX astronauts cleared for return despite weather concerns

CBS News Sunday, 2 August 2020 ()
Despite hostile weather conditions posed by Hurricane Isaias, NASA announced that the return of two SpaceX astronauts from the International Space Station is a "go." Mark Strassmann reports.
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