NASA announces launch of manned American rocket from American soil

For the first time since the final space shuttle mission in 2011, astronauts will launch into space aboard an American rocket and spacecraft from American soil, according to NASA.

The agency, along with SpaceX, is eyeing a mid-to-late May launch for the manned SpaceX Demo-2 flight test from Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Meanwhile, it looks like a lot of people want to be a NASA astronaut. More than 12,000 people applied to be part of NASA's next class of astronauts.