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SpaceX And NASA's Historic Launch Day Is Delayed By Weather

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Bad weather has pushed back SpaceX plans to make history today by launching two astronauts into orbit, bound for the International Space Station.

The launch was scrubbed thanks to tropical storm Bertha, which created "unfavorable weather in the flight path," according to a SpaceX tweet.

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It would have marked the first human space mission from U.S. soil since the space shuttle program was retired a decade ago — and the first-ever astronaut launch by a private company.

The next window for launch is Saturday at 12:33 p.m. Pacific Time.

When it does takeoff, SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule will be carrying veteran NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurleyon a Falcon 9 rocket on what is technically a demonstration flight. Once launched, the spacecraft will orbit Earth with Hurley and Benhken testing flight capabilities of the spaceship, although it is designed to fly itself and autonomously dock with the space station.

NASA officials said the weather forecast was 60% favorable as of Tuesday morning for the scheduled launch from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

A NASA blog reported that the Behnken and Hurley were aboard the capsule and ready to go earlier today, prior to weather delaying the operation. Today's launch had been scheduled for 1:33 p.m. Pacific time.


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