US astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley flew to the International Space Station in SpaceX's new Crew Dragon and safely returned to Earth after a two-month voyage.
Entrepreneur Elon Musk's space company, SpaceX, will send two NASA astronauts to the International Space Station aboard its Falcon 9 rocket from Florida, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine tweeted.
The launch took place on the same date that NASA's Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the Moon in 1969, marking a defining moment in the so-called "space race" with the Soviet Union.
The Elon Musk founded company is using the flight as a test, before it plans to put two astronauts on board later this year.
A Russian-made Soyuz rocket blasted a three-man crew into orbit on Monday, beginning the first manned voyage to the International Space Station since a mission in October was aborted in midair because of a rocket malfunction.
The space travellers will join Russia's Alexander Misurkin and NASA pair Mark Vande Hei and Joe Acaba currently aboard the ISS.
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