United States President Donald Trump, witnessing the launch of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on Saturday on a historic first private crewed flight into space, said of the event: "It is incredible."
"This is just the beginning," he said. "It is really something special."
"Space will be one of the most important things we have ever done," Trump added, noting that "nobody does it the way we do."
The two-stage Falcon 9 rocket, with experienced NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley on board, started off smoothly and started their 19-hour journey to the International Space Station.
It was the first flight with crew from US soil since the end of the space shuttle program in 2011.
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