TWO Nasa astronauts lifted off from the launch pad of the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Saturday in a SpaceX rocket to start their historic mission to the International Space Station.
The attempt is the first ever crewed space launch by a private company and follows last week's cancellation due to fears of a lightning storm.
Despite more bad weather looming, the SpaceX team moved ahead with preparations and were soon rewarded with clear skies and the go-ahead for takeoff.
Astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley soared into the atmosphere, accompanied by applause from the SpaceX and Nasa teams.
The flight has so far gone as planned, with Falcon 9 rocket's main stage having already returned to earth and landed on its sea pad in the Atlantic Ocean.
The second stage of the launch, which sees the rocket light up its own engine and accelerate Behnken and Hurley's capsule to orbital velocity, was also successful.
The pair now have 19 hours before they dock at the ISS on Sunday morning.
Elon Musk’s SpaceX rocket launches two Nasa astronauts into orbit in historic manned mission to ISS as Trump watches on
From Brexit breaking news to HD movie trailers, The Sun newspaper brings you the latest news videos and explainers from the UK and around the world.
Become a Sun Subscriber and hit the bell to be the first to know
Read The Sun: http://www.thesun.co.uk
Like The Sun on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thesun/
Follow The Sun on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheSun
Subscribe to The Sun on Snapchat: https://www.snapchat.com/discover/The_Sun/1633225139