A SpaceX capsule carrying two NASA astronauts linked up with the international space station Sunday, relying on a combination of manual and automated procedures during the first such mission by a commercial spacecraft.

The Crew Dragon capsule launched on a Falcon 9 rocket Saturday from a Florida pad, in a pioneering effort illustrating the emergence of commercially led space endeavors. The flight highlights the dramatic shift by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to purchasing transportation services on industry-owned…

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