KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLORIDA – Mother Nature once again demonstrated her unpredictability today as Elon Musk‘s SpaceX and NASA will have to wait 3 days to make history. Due to bad weather SpaceX’s 1st astronaut launch for NASA is delayed. Liftoff is now set for next Saturday on May 30 at 3:22 PM (EDT).
SpaceX was scheduled to launch its first-ever manned space flight since July 2011, when the Space Shuttle made its last flight.
Astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley were ready to make the test flight called Demo-2 to the International Space Station (ISS), when just 16 minutes before liftoff the launch was cancelled, due to bad weather at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, forcing SpaceX and NASA to attempt a new launch on Saturday, May 30 at the earliest, NASA and SpaceX officials announced today.
“We continue to violate a couple different weather rules that we now do not expect to clear in time to allow for a launch today,” SpaceX launch director Mike Taylor said about 20 minutes before the planned liftoff. “We’re going to go ahead and end today’s launch attempt.”
(Head image: NASA TV)