The spaceship Crew Dragon, a privately built and operated ship with four astronauts, successfully reached the International Space Station on Monday evening.
"Docking confirmed – Crew Dragon has arrived at @space_station!" The rocket company SpaceX, founded by Elon Musk, announced on Twitter.
The crew overcame the weather and started at 7.27 p.m. on Sunday. Eastern Time from NASA's Kennedy Space Center. The journey lasted 27 hours.
When the kite's commander, Mike S. Hopkins, made radio contact, Kate Rubins, an astronaut aboard the space station, shouted, "Oh, what a good voice," The Associated Press reported.
The trip is a milestone in the effort to turn private space travel into a reality.
"For the first time in history, there is a commercial ability of a private-sector entity to safely and reliably transport people into space," said Phil McAlister, director of commercial space development at NASA, in a telephone interview with reporters Thursday.
Going forward, NASA astronauts and anyone else with enough cash can buy a ticket to a commercial rocket instead of relying on government-run spacecraft.
The four astronauts on this flight are Mr. Hopkins, Shannon Walker, and Victor J. Glover from NASA, and Soichi Noguchi, a Japanese astronaut. You are supposed to stay on the space station for six months.