SpaceX Astronaut Launch Postponed to Saturday

SpaceX Astronaut Launch Postponed to Saturday

SpaceX Astronaut Launch Postponed to Saturday

SpaceX Astronaut Launch Postponed to Saturday

When it doeslift off, it will be the first time since the retirement of the space shuttles in July 2011 that NASA astronauts launch from American soil on an American rocket to the International Space Station. And unlike for astronaut launches in the past, when NASA ran the show, this time SpaceX will be in charge of mission control.

Here’s what you need to know about the launch.

The launch was scheduled to take off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 4:33 p.m. Eastern time.

SpaceX and NASA can try again on Saturday and Sunday, with a 60 percent chance of being able to begin the mission on those days. NASA will stream the launch on its website, YouTube and other platforms.

They have each flown twice previously to orbit on space shuttle missions, although this is the first time they have worked together on a mission.

SpaceX has never taken people to space before. Its Crew Dragon is a gumdrop-shape capsule — an upgraded version of SpaceX’s original Dragon capsule that has been used many times to carry cargo, but not people, to the space station.

It has space for up to seven people, but will have only four seats for NASA missions. If this launch succeeds, later in the year it is to ferry four astronauts to the space station.


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