Dragon spacecraft from SpaceX arrives at the International Space Station

SpaceX made history Saturday when the Crew Dragon spacecraft launched at 3:22 p.m. And represented the beginning of a new age of space exploration, following nearly a decade without manned flights from North American soil and American pilots.

NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley fly from ramp 39A of the Kennedy Space Center in Florida onboard the Crew Dragon, propelled by a Falcon 9 rocket. All explorers must complete a lengthy stay at the ISS, which will be part of the Demo-2 flight.

While the Crew Dragon spacecraft will stay in space for around 110 days, once it is on the ISS, the length of the mission will be decided and will focus on planning for the next commercial crew flight. As a NASA prerequisite, Crew Dragon must be expected to stay operational in orbit for at least 210 days.