Historic SpaceX-NASA Manned Rocket to Launch This Weekend

This Saturday, follow the livestream of the first crewed US space flight since 2011.

NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley (front) in SpaceX’s flight simulator. Photo credit: SpaceX.

It was meant to be history in the making — nearly a decade since the last launch of American astronauts to space from US soil, NASA’s mission on Wednesday (May 27) to send two astronauts to the International Space Station was put on pause at the last minute due to bad weather. The postponed launch has been rescheduled for Saturday, May 30, at 12.22pm PDT (Manila time 3.22am, May 31). Follow SpaceX’s website for livestream details.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with the company’s Crew Dragon spacecraft onboard is seen as it is rolled out of the horizontal integration facility at Launch Complex 39A as preparations continue for the Demo-2 mission, Thursday, May 21, 2020, at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. NASA’s SpaceX Demo-2 mission is the first launch with astronauts of the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket to the International Space Station as part of the agency’s Commercial Crew Program. Photo credit: NASA / Bill Ingalls.

 

Originally scheduled for a 4.33pm EDT (Manila time 4.33am) liftoff at Cape Caneveral, Florida, with US President Donald Trump and SpaceX founder Elon Musk in attendance, Wednesday’s launch was postponed with just 16 minutes left in the countdown after officials noted the danger of lightning at the site. The US National Weather Service said that there was a 60% chance of showers and thunderstorms on the day.

The mission, known as the Crew Dragon Demo-2, involves launching veteran astronauts Robert Behnken and Doug Hurley aboard the SpaceX Crew Dragon rocket to the International Space Station, as part of Nasa’s Commercial Crew Program. Both began their long military careers as test pilots, and were selected by the American space agency for this flight back in 2018.

 

 

 

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Hannah Ooi

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