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Onlookers Cheers as US Astronauts Sent Into Space on SpaceX Rocket

The SpaceX Crew Dragon launched from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, on May 30, marking the first time American astronauts were launched into space from US soil in nearly a decade.

In this video, taken through a telescope from nearby Titusville, people can be heard counting down in advance of the launch. Cheers are heard in the background as the rocket is ignited and propelled into the air. The launch was originally due to take place on May 27, however it was delayed due to severe weather.

Saturday’s launch was the first time NASA astronauts were sent to space in a commercially built and operated spacecraft, and the first manned launch from United States soil since 2011. Credit: @seth_mayo via Storyful