[Ed. – The flight vehicle has its rendezvous with the International Space Station on Sunday morning. Congratulations all around! Space is officially “privatized,” at least for entrepreneurs with billions at their disposal.]
President Trump on Saturday said the SpaceX launch was an “inspiration for our country,” just moments after its rocket sent astronauts into space from American soil for the first time since 2011.
SpaceX launched NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken on their historic Demo-2 mission to the International Space Station (ISS). The launch is the first time a private company, rather than a national government, has sent astronauts into orbit.
Hurley and Behnken blasted off from Kennedy Space Center’s historic launch pad 39A, which was also used for the Apollo and space shuttle programs, at 3:22 p.m. ET Saturday.