A SpaceX-led mission to the International Space Station (ISS) that was delayed several times took off from the Cape Canaveral departure point on the central coast of Florida on Wednesday evening.
The SpaceX Crew-3 mission, with four astronauts, took off at 21:03 aboard the Crew Dragon Endeavor capsule.
The mission is drawing attention to Germany, to the home of crew member Matthias Maurer.
The 51-year-old from the small western state of Saarland is the first German in space in three years to go into space.
Maurer posted a temporary farewell to Earth on Twitter just hours before launch.
Maurer, who is part of the European Space Agency, will be the twelfth German astronaut in space and the fourth German in the ISS.
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