Takeoff ! SpaceX And NASA's Historic Launch Day
SpaceX today launched two astronauts to the International Space Station, the first mission from U.S. soil in nearly a decade and the first by a private company. The flight was originally set for Wednesday but was scrubbed because of bad weather at Cape Canaveral in Florida.
Today’s launch of the Crew Dragon capsule was set for 12:22 p.m. Pacific.
The launch Wednesday was called off shortly before the scheduled takeoff, thanks to tropical storm Bertha, which created "unfavorable weather in the flight path," according to a SpaceX tweet.
The weather was a concern again today but the launch got off on schedule.
The spacecraft will orbit Earth with Hurley and Benhken testing flight capabilities of the spaceship, although it's designed to fly itself and autonomously dock when it reaches the space station.
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