NASA SpaceX rocket launch HIGHLIGHTS: A rocket ship designed and built by Elon Musk’s SpaceX company has lifted off with two NASA astronauts on a history-making flight to the International Space Station. The mission was supposed to be launched on May 27 but it was delayed due to adverse weather conditions at the last minute.
This is the first time after nine years since NASA shut down its space shuttle program back in 2011. This is also the first time that a private spacecraft company used its own rocket to put humans into space. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, both NASA and SpaceX had urged eager viewers to stay at home and do not flock towards the Kennedy Space Center.
The spacecraft took off Saturday afternoon (1.50 am Sunday in India) from the same launch pad at Cape Canaveral, Florida, that was used during the Apollo missions to the moon a half-century ago. The flight ushers in a new era in commercial space travel and marks the first time NASA has launched astronauts from U.S. soil in nearly a decade.
(Inputs from AP)