A “beautiful, beautiful start”: The teams celebrate the landmark launch of the private Ax-1 mission

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Four private astronauts left Earth this morning (April 8) and boarded a SpaceX capsule toward the International Space Station in a history-making launch that wowed observers.

“Wow! It was a beautiful, beautiful launch,” said Kathy Lueders, NASA’s assistant administrator for space operations, during a post-launch press conference today. “It never gets old.”

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