Atlas 5 rocket arrives in Florida

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Cape Canaveral, FL (WESH / NBC News Channel) -- What could be the first rocket to launch astronauts from Florida’s Cape Canaveral in eight years is now on the Space Coast.

The Atlas 5 was unloaded from a ship at Port Canaveral.

The 10-story tall first stage of the Atlas 5 was manufactured in Alabama, and then sent by ship to Florida.

The Atlas 5 will carry the Boeing-built Starliner spaceship, with astronauts Chris Ferguson, Nicole Mann and Mike Fincke on board.

The launch of the Starliner with a crew could come as early as November.

SpaceX is also hoping to be the first to launch an astronaut crew.

The company is trying to recover from an accident with their crew capsule, but could also be ready before the end of the year.

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