For the first time since 2011, the launch of a rocket with American astronauts took place in the United States.
The United States on Saturday resumed launching astronauts into space, almost ten years after the last launch of astronauts from American territory.
Astronauts Dag Hurley and Bob Benken went into orbit from the cosmodrome of the Kennedy Space Center on the SpaceX rocket. The rocket manufacturer is California-based SpaceX Aerospace, owned by billionaire Elon Musk.
The launch of SpaceX at the spaceport was watched by President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence
The first launch attempt, scheduled for Wednesday, May 27, was delayed due to stormy weather.
The SpaceX rocket will deliver the Crew Dragon capsule with American astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS).
The last time a rocket was launched with American astronauts took place in 2011. Then NASA announced the termination of the Space Shuttle Program, which forced the United States to use the services of Roscosmos to deliver astronauts aboard the ISS.