MISSION NOT POSSIBLE; SPACE-X SCRUBBED

NBC News – Kennedy Space Center:

SpaceX, NASA Cancels Launch Of U.S. Astronauts To International Space Station

Bad weather thwarted the much-anticipated launch of SpaceX’s first astronaut crew Wednesday, a flight that would have marked the return of human spaceflight from U.S. soil for the first time in nearly a decade.

Astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley were scheduled to lift off aboard SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center to the International Space Station at 4:33 p.m. ET, but cloudy conditions forced launch operators to stand down less than 20 minutes to go in the countdown.

The Air Force’s 45th Space Wing, which oversees space launch operations from the East Coast, had been closely monitoring weather reports at the launch site after Tropical Storm Bertha formed early Wednesday off the coast of South Carolina. SpaceX and NASA will now attempt the test flight to the International Space Station on Saturday at 3:22 p.m. ET.

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