Two NASA astronauts on Saturday launched off on a history-making ride into orbit aboard a rocket ship designed and built by Elon Musk’s SpaceX company.
It is the first launch of astronauts into orbit by a private company.
READ MORE: Astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken lifted off at 3:22 p.m. EDT, right on schedule, from the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Florida, on a rocket designed and built by a private company.
The California-based SpaceX Aerospace Co. is owned by billionaire Elon Musk.
“Let’s light this candle,” Hurley said before liftoff.
The first launch attempt scheduled for last Wednesday was postponed because of stormy weather in the vicinity of the Kennedy Space Center in the southeastern state of Florida.