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SpaceX launched another rocket into the atmosphere this morning and people are calling it the 'coolest ever'. Watch footage of the launch below:
Four astronauts from NASA boarded the vessel in the early hours of this morning and left Earth, marking the third time Elon Musk's company has launched a crewed ship in the space of a year.
The members of Crew-2 are Shane Kimbrough, the spacecraft commander, Katherine Megan McArthur, the pilot, Akihiko Hoshide, a JAXA astronaut, and Thomas Pesquet, an ESA astronaut from France.
They will soon disembark at the International Space Station.
It is the first time the Falcon rocket and Dragon capsule carrying the team of astronauts have been recycled.
Footage of the launch has been shared on social media, and has really blown people away.
Posting a snap, one onlooker said: "Update from Winston-Salem: coolest thing I've ever seen. Congratulations."
Echoing this, another added: "That was the coolest launch I've seen!!!!! The white streak is the booster returning and being illuminated by the rising sun. Just stunning visually watching in person!"
A third wrote: "Incredible launch this morning from #SpaceX as see from Deltona, Florida."
While another added: "Incredible views this morning!!! Congratulations #SpaceX!!"
Following the launch, Nasa shared footage from on board the rocket, confirming that the crew were now floating through space.
SpaceX also reported that the rocket had dropped off and had landed safely a drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean.
This latest mission comes a few weeks after a SpaceX Starship rocket exploded while trying to land after a test flight.
The space exploration company had been attempting to launch and land one of its Starship rockets, just four weeks after another test ended up in an explosion.
In fact, all three previous Starship flights had resulted in what SpaceX calls a 'rapid unscheduled disassembly'.