When the SpaceX rocket launched into space Saturday, it took two US Military veterans with it – Marine veteran Doug Hurley and Air Force veteran Bob Behnken.
Although the mission’s original launch was postponed due to weather, the two astronaut veterans were successfully launched into orbit and have since reached the International Space Station. Hurley, 53, and Behnken, 49, NASA employees under contract to fly with SpaceX, are expected to remain at the space station for several weeks, assisting a short-handed crew aboard the orbital laboratory.
“It’s incredible, the power, the technology,” said U.S. President Donald Trump, who was at Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral in Florida for the launch, “That was a beautiful sight to see,” reported Task and Purpose.
The last time NASA launched astronauts into space aboard a brand new vehicle was 40 years ago at the start of the space shuttle program.