The SpaceX and NASA mission was postponed due to bad weather
Millions from around the world tuned in for the historic Space X lift-off flight to the International Space Station. Sadly though, despite the astronauts strapped in and ready to go, the mission had to be delayed due to bad weather and lightening from the Tropical Storm Bertha in the area.
SpaceX's landmark launch to the International Space Station was set to be the first crewed mission to take off from US soil in almost a decade. The two-person crew included NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley – who have done previous stints on the International Space Station.
"Unfortunately, we are not going to launch today," launch director Mike Taylor said, with less than 20 minutes to go until takeoff.
The Falcon 9 rocket that SpaceX is using for this launch is Elon Musk’s largest. If successful, the partially reusable rocket will usher in a new era for space travel.
The next date to resume the mission? Saturday, May 30 at at 3:22:45 p.m. EDT (11:33pm Dubai time). If all goes well on Saturday, the SpaceX Demo-2 launch will send NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley to the International Space Station on a Crew Dragon spacecraft propelled by a Falcon 9 rocket.
If Saturday is unsuccessful as well, the next available opportunity for take-off will be at 3:00:11 p.m. EDT (11pm Dubai time) on Sunday.