SpaceX launch: Astronauts speak out following postponement of historic launch

SpaceX launch: Astronauts speak out following postponement of historic launch

At one point during the count, a tornado warning was issued for the part of Brevard County that includes Cape Canaveral and NASA's Kennedy Space Center.

The first attempt to launch SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket and the Crew Dragon spacecraft was scrubbed just 16 minutes and 54 seconds before launch on Wednesday as a result of unfavorable weather in the flight path.

For SpaceX's next two launch windows, on the afternoons of May 30 and May 31, weather forecasts aren't looking so promising.

The forecast for Sunday is slightly better, with a 60% chance of acceptable weather as opposed to Saturday's 50%. On both days, the primary risks in play are rain and clouds. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, however, held out the possibility of waiting until Sunday or even later if conditions aren't right.

The first manned mission to launch from American soil since 2011 and the first commercial manned launch was called off due to storm conditions.

Bridenstine said a decision on the timing of the next countdown will be made this afternoon, after the next major weather briefing.

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The Crew Dragon spacecraft sits atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket at Kennedy Space Center

NASA and SpaceX are being extra-careful with this Falcon 9 rocket launch, which aims to send NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken in the Crew Dragon capsule to the International Space Station for a weeks-long stay. Since that time, Atwell has followed his dreams and has covered events dealing with NASA's Commercial Crew flight assignments at NASA's Johnson Space Center and other space-related events in the Lone Star State.

Since 2011, global space agencies, including NASA, have been relying on the Russian Soyuz spacecraft, created by the national space agency Roscosmos, to taxi astronauts to and from the ISS for cost reasons.

SpaceX's "anthropomorphic test device" or ATD, named "Ripley", made the trip to the ISS during the uncrewed Demo-1 mission. She also hosted on Wednesday and says everyone is eager to attempt the launch yet again. "We had too much electricity in the atmosphere", Bridenstine explained.

Bridenstine offered high praise for Musk on Friday and all his personal touches: spiffy spacesuits, Tesla rides to the launch pad, a colour-co-ordinated rocket and capsule - and more. "We will go when everything is as safe as we can possibly make it".

Weather Channel meteorologist Jacqui Jeras told Newsweek that there is now a 50 percent chance that the weather on Saturday will violate the criteria for a safe launch.

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