KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLORIDA – Today, on May 30 2020, SpaceX will once again attempt to launch its first astronaut mission for NASA, after a three-day delay due to weather. If all goes well and the weather cooperates, Crew Dragon will liftoff today at Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 3:22 p.m. EDT (1922 GMT). A backup launch date is also available on Sunday, May 31, and perhaps on Tuesday, June 2, as well.
Three days ago, on Wednesday May 27 was supposed to be an historic day for SpaceX and U.S. space travel. Instead, Mother Nature chose not to cooperate.
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.
If the weather cooperates, Crew Dragon will liftoff today at Kennedy Space Center in Florida can be followed live from 3:00 PM (EDT). Live coverage has started at 11 AM (EDT).
Tesla boss Elon Musk‘s company SpaceX would be the first commercial company ever to go into space with the Crew Dragon, which will be the first rocket to depart from American soil in 9 years. after NASA’s Space Shuttle made its last flight in July 2011.
(Head image: NASA TV)