President Donald Trump called it “great.”
Vice President Mike Pence, who attended the launch with his wife Karen, said the launch marked a “new era in human space exploration in America.”
US President-elect Joe Biden congratulated NASA and SpaceX on the launch, calling it a “testament to the power of science.”
SpaceX has launched its second manned flight carrying four astronauts. The launch ends nine years of American reliance on Russia to ferry its astronauts into space.
US aeronautics company SpaceX launched four astronauts to the International Space Station on Sunday on the first full-fledged taxi flight for NASA by a private company.
The Falcon 9 rocket took off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, carrying three Americans and one Japanese in what was the second crew to be launched by SpaceX.
The newly designed Crew Dragon capsule has been dubbed Resilience by the crew in light of this year’s many challenges, most notably the coronavirus pandemic.
The capsule is due to reach the space station late Monday and will remain there until spring. The 27-hour-long flight, door-to-door, will be fully automated but the crew can take control at any time.