American astronauts launched into space from American soil for the first time in nearly a decade on Saturday afternoon with SpaceX’s launch of Crew Dragon into orbit.
The historic moment marked the first-ever manned space launch by a private company in the history of the United States and, for many, marked the beginning of a new era of space flight.
On the way to the launchpad at Florida’s Kennedy Space Center, astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley blasted AC/DC’s “Back in Black”, CoS reports.
What’s more, they woke up on Sunday morning to Black Sabbath’s “Planet Caravan” in space prior to docking at the International Space Station.
CNN’s John Berman had a little fun with the AC/DC angle during the telecast, reporting, “We were told the astronauts listened to ‘Back In Black’ from AC/DC on their way to the rocket. In that vein, let’s just say, for those about to launch, we salute you.”