Two NASA astronauts blasted off into space aboard a rocket ship designed and built by Elon Musk’s SpaceX company.
Veteran space travelers Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken lifted off from the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral in Florida.
It is the first time that astronauts have been sent into orbit by a private company and is NASA’s first human spaceflight from US soil since the space shuttle program ended in 2011.
The Crew Dragon capsule is bound for the International Space Station 250 miles above Earth.
It was the second attempt for the SpaceX-NASA partnership after bad weather delayed the initial launch on Wednesday.