SpaceX, made history as it became the private manned rock to enter into space as it send two NASA astronauts into orbit

Owned by California-based South African-born tech billionaire Elon Musk – the man behind the all-electric Tesla cars - it is the first time since the shuttle was retired, nine years ago, that an American crew has been able to make the journey from United States territory.

Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley (Crew Dragon) boarded the space craft before being sent on their mission to trail a new capsule system and to also initiate a new business model for NASA.

This was their second demonstration (Demo-2) mission from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at NASA’s Space Kennedy Space Centre in Florida.

The agency will now no longer own the vehicle it uses, but will merely purchase the “tai” service which is offered by SpaceX.