NASA astronauts inside the Crew Dragon capsule are "safe and sound" after successfully reaching low-Earth orbit. 

Following his remarks about George Floyd, POTUS announced that the two NASA astronauts inside the Crew Dragon capsule were “safe and sound” after successfully reaching low-Earth orbit. 
 
“We wish them Godspeed on their journey and as one proud nation, we salute their fearless service.” 
 

Weaving comments about the global coronavirus outbreak into his remarks, POTUS said today’s successful launch proved the United States is equipped to “conquer this disease on the earth.” 
 
“As you know, this spring our nation has endured the pain and hardship of a global pandemic. As we usher in a new era in space exploration, we are reminded that America is always in the process of transcending great challenges… The same spirit of American determination that sends our spirit into space will conquer this disease on the earth. Nothing – not even gravity itself – can hold Americans down or keep America back.” 
 
POTUS also recognized SpaceX chief executive Elon Musk. “He could have spent his fortune yachting,” POTUS said, thanking Musk for his involvement in space exploration. Musk stood up and gave a small bow to the crowd. 

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