Crew Dragon docked to the ISS

Earlier, President Trump called the launch a” triumphant return” of the US to space.

SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft with American astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken successfully docked to the International space station on Sunday.

Former military test pilots Hurley and Behnken, who joined NASA in 2000, went into space on Saturday from the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral in Florida.

This is the first space flight on a private rocket, taking place almost a decade after the last launch of astronauts from American territory.

“Let’s light this candle,” crew commander Hurley said before launch, echoing the words of the first American astronaut, Alan Shepard, said in 1961.

Its billionaire founder, Elon Musk, owns California-based SpaceX. “I’m overwhelmed with emotion,” Musk said. – We have been working for 18 years to achieve this goal. I hope this is the first step on the way to colonizing Mars,” the SpaceX founder said.