SpaceX launch: Astronauts speak out following postponement of historic launch

28 Mai, 2020, 16:42 | Auteur: Therese Cote
  • Tornado warnings force NASA to cancel landmark mission with Elon Musk's SpaceX

SpaceX's landmark launch to the International Space Station has been postponed due to poor weather with around 20 minutes to go until takeoff.

The two-man crew would've set a number of firsts on today's mission: the first-ever manned launch in SpaceX's 18-year company history, the first time a privately built spacecraft launched a human into orbit from USA soil, and the first crewed NASA mission to the ISS since the space shuttle program ceased operations in 2011.

Before the launch scrub, Trump met with NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine and SpaceX Chief Executive Elon Musk for a briefing about the mission.

The NASA/SpaceX launch, when the weather allows, will mark a triple crown of historic accomplishments, including the first time that astronauts have hitched a ride on a commercial vessel. Wednesday's scheduled launch from Florida was scrubbed because the weather was considered too risky for launch.

NASA has set the next launch attempt for Saturday afternoon.

There was off-and-on rain around Kennedy Space Center and the National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for the area. 'We'll see it fifteen minutes after it launches in America, around 9.51 and onwards, over Britain'.

Crew Access Arm Retracted.#LaunchAmerica
NASA Crew Access Arm Retracted.#LaunchAmerica

"But I also wanted to say this was really a great day for NASA it was a great day for SpaceX". Astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken could be seen, meanwhile, already loaded into the capsule and talking to each other, arms crossed and hands resting comfortably in their lap.

NASA astronauts Douglas Hurley, left, and Robert Behnken wave as they walk out of the Neil A. Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building on their way to Pad 39-A, at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Wednesday, May 27, 2020.

SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Crew Dragon into Earth's upper atmosphere, where the capsule will separate and use its own thrusters to make its way to the ISS.

They were then strapped into their Crew Dragon seats before the hatch was closed ahead of the planned take-off.

"What today is about is reigniting the dream of space and getting people fired up about the future", Musk had said in a NASA interview, prior to the scrub.

"When starting at SpaceX in 2002, I really did not think this day would occur".

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