17 incredible photos from SpaceX's historic mission to send NASA astronauts to the space station

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SpaceX launched its first astronauts on Saturday - a mission called Demo-2.

NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley arrived at the International Space Station (ISS) on Sunday morning.

These are some of the best pictures taken of Demo-2's first launch attempt on Wednesday, the successful launch on Saturday, and the spacecraft's arrival at the ISS on Sunday.

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SpaceX launched NASA astronauts into space for the first time on Saturday - the company's first human passengers and the first time people have ever flown a commercially developed spaceship. This mission was the product of NASA's Commercial Crew program, a partnership between the space agency and two private companies (Boeing is the other) to build spaceships that can ferry astronauts to and from the International Space Station. It was the first time the US launch its own astronauts from American soil since 2011. NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley safely arrived at the space station on Sunday morning. "It's great to get the United States back in the crewed launch business," Hurley said at a press briefing from the ISS on Monday. "We're just really glad to be on board this magnificent complex." These are the best photos from the mission so far.
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