What happened: SpaceX’s second attempt to launch two NASA astronauts on a mission to the International Space Station was successful.
Why it’s important: This is the first crewed spaceflight to take off from US soil in nearly a decade.
- This is first time that astronauts launched into space from US soil since 2011.
- This is the first-ever crewed mission for SpaceX.
- This is also the first time ever that a privately developed spacecraft launched humans into Earth’s orbit.