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"What should have happened a long time ago happened", he added, tweeting excerpts of Trump's congratulatory speech.Speaking at the iconic Kennedy Space Center in Florida after the flawless SpaceX launch, Trump vowed that United States astronauts would return to the Moon in 2024 "to establish a permanent presence and a launching pad to Mars".

The arrival completed the first leg of the trip, created to test the capabilities of the Crew Dragon capsule. NASA, which partnered with SpaceX, hasn't decided how long the astronauts will stay up in space.

Saturday's launch marked the first manned mission from USA soil in nine years.

NASA hopes that the cooperation with SpaceX will help propel a business revolution that will eventually extend to missions to the moon and Mars.

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Today, NASA confirmed that the Dragon capsule, operated by SpaceX, docked with the ISS slightly ahead of schedule. If successful, Saturday's takeoff will mark the first crewed space mission since the shuttle program was retired in 2011.

"We did get probably a good seven hours or so (of sleep)", he said in a radio link with mission control in Houston, Texas. SpaceX's launch of Hurley and Behnken ends a almost decade-long reliance on Russian Federation for access to the station.

"The other reason is a little more personal to Bob and I. We both had our first flights on shuttle Endeavour and it just meant so much for us to carry on that name".

Shortly after the docking was officially completed, Hurley and Behnken marked the historic moment by thanking SpaceX and NASA crews.

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The launch was initially scheduled for Wednesday, but was scrubbed because of weather. President Donald Trump, who was at the Kennedy Space Center, said it was "beautiful".

The mission was the first between a private and a government-funded organisation, heralding the dawn of commercial space travel. The Crew Dragon attached to the Falcon 9 rocket took off at 3:22 p.m. after a previous launch was aborted last Wednesday due to poor weather conditions. The capsule could be seen in the skies above the United Kingdom, chasing down the ISS.

The astronauts are expected to remain on the ISS from one to three months, "based on the readiness of the next commercial crew launch", NASA said earlier in May. "It was just an wonderful day. "Without further ado, we would like to welcome you aboard capsule 'Endeavour", he added.

Trump hailed the launch as major progress in space exploration by the U.S.

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The craft is an "exciting ride", and "not like the simulator", Brehnken said as the capsule was linked up to the space station. They blasted off from Launch Pad 39A, the same one used by Neil Armstrong on Apollo 11's 1969 journey to the Moon.

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