SpaceX crewed rocket lifts off in historic launch

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A manned SpaceX rocket lifted off Saturday afternoon sending two astronauts into space for the first time from the U.S. in almost a decade.

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After arriving to the launchpad in a gullwing Tesla, Veteran astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken ascended the 260-foot Falcon 9 rocket and were catapulted into space at 3:22 p.m.

Hurley and Behnken will fly 250 million miles to the International Space Station in the first launch of astronauts by a private company.

This was the second launch attempt this week.

Wednesday’s launch was halted at just under 17 minutes because of the threat of lightning.

Check back for more on this developing story.