After numerous delays through the late morning and early afternoon, SpaceX launched its first Falcon 9 rocket this afternoon from Cape Canaveral, Florida. Be sure to follow the various links to some spectacular pictures and videos of the launch.
This day marks a historic advance for commercial enterprise in space and, whatever the outcome of specific policy debates about the future direction of NASA, commercial ventures will undoubtedly play a leading role in space, including human spaceflight, in the near future. Commercial enterprise will really help lead to human expansion beyond Earth.
Congratulations to the SpaceX team on today's accomplishment.