NASA makes history with SpaceX launch – watch lift-off

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NASA made history today when two astronauts jetted off to the International Space Station (ISS).

Astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken are the central figures of the American space agency’s first manned mission since 2011.

The mission – known as ‘Demo-2’ – is also notable for being the first undertaken by NASA to make use of a rocket and capsule system provided by a private company.

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SpaceX – the American aerospace firm founded by entrepreneur Elon Musk – is providing the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon capsule used to transport the astronauts.

It is the first time the company has launched a crew into space.

Hurley and Behnken’s journey into space took around 10 minutes.

Once in orbit, the Crew Dragon capsule will separate from the second stage of the Falcon 9 rocket and travel at around 17,000mph before being in position to dock with the ISS just under 24 hours later.