“The significance of this day cannot be overstated.”

The unmanned SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched at 3:44am from Cape Canaveral carrying 1,300 pounds of food, clothing and scientific equipment. The first successful launch of spacecraft by a private company, ever.

The Falcon 9, time exposed.

“We’re now back on the brink of a new future, a future that embraces the innovation the private sector brings to the table,” NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said. “The significance of this day cannot be overstated.” Indeed.