Trump and Pence were both present at the lift off, which saw astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley separated from the rocket booster roughly 12 minutes into the flight.
The Dragon capsule will next deliver Behnken and Hurley to the International Space Station - the first time American astronauts have flown from U.S. soil since the space shuttle program ended in 2011. The launch comes 18 years after Musk founded Space Exploration Technologies Corp. with the ultimate goal of populating other planets.
The @SpaceX #CrewDragon launched at 3:22pm EST today with @Astro_Doug & @AstroBehnken onboard. It will dock to the space station Sunday about 2:27pm. #LaunchAmerica https://t.co/pfTdcoVqiN pic.twitter.com/eQjpDUjeXQ
— Intl. Space Station (@Space_Station) May 30, 2020
The biggest U.S. rocket launch in decades captured interest around the globe, coming at a time people clamored for good news amid the Covid-19 pandemic and economic uncertainty.
Despite the threat of more thunderstorms, SpaceX and NASA are preparing for today's historic attempt to launch astronauts into space, via a private company. This comes several days after NASA "scrubbed" the first attempt due to weather-related issues and one day after SpaceX's Starship prototype blew up on a Texas launch pad.