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Astronauts ring Nasdaq opening bell from space after historic SpaceX launch

It’s not every day you see astronauts in space open Nasdaq trading in New York City’s Times Square.

Three NASA astronauts rang in the opening of Nasdaq trading from the International Space Station Tuesday (June 2) to celebrate the historic flight of SpaceX’s first crewed Dragon spacecraft over the weekend. The event, which connected the astronauts to the Nasdaq in Times Square via video link, was broadcast on a giant screen in the famed New York City landmark.

Space station commander Chris Cassidy used the ship’s bell on the orbiting lab to start the day’s trading. Joining him were astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley, who launched into space on a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule Saturday (May 30). 

NASA astronauts (from left) Robert Behnken, Douglas Hurley and Chris Cassidy appear on Nasdaq’s large television screen above Times Square in New York on June 2, 2020. (Image credit: Nasdaq/Rohini Shahriar)

The SpaceX Crew Dragon flight, called Demo-2, marked the first U.S. orbital launch of astronauts from American soil since NASA’s space shuttle fleet retired in July 2011. Behnken and Hurley spent 19 hours chasing the station on their Dragon ship, which they christened “Endeavour” after the NASA shuttle, before arriving at the space station on Sunday.

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