A privately developed rocket is now orbiting the Earth.
Space Exploration Technologies' Falcon 1 launched into orbit at 4:15 p.m. PDT Sunday from Omelek Island, which is in the Kwajalein Atoll, about 2,500 miles southwest of Hawaii. Just over nine minutes later, the Falcon 1 reached orbit, the company said.
Elon Musk, the company's founder and CEO, called the launch a "great day for SpaceX."
"The data shows we achieved a super precise orbit insertion--middle of the bull's eye--and then went on to coast and restart the second stage, which was icing on the cake," Musk, who is also co-founder and former head of online payment company PayPal, said in a statement.
Musk said it is the first privately developed liquid fuel rocket to orbit the Earth.
The rocket carries a payload mass simulator developed by SpaceX, which is aiming for private space transportation and deliveries.
Click here for SpaceX's video of the launch.