International Space Station Is About To Get Crowded, And It's Running Out Of Beds

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NPR 22 April, 2021 - 06:00am 16 views

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A Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon spacecraft are prepared for the launch of the Crew-2 mission on launchpad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, April 19, 2021. EarthSkyWatch rescheduled SpaceX-NASA Crew-2 launch April 23

SpaceX, NASA delay Crew-2 astronaut launch to Friday due to weather

Space.com 22 April, 2021 - 07:00am

Liftoff is now set for Friday, April 23.

"I'm sure you heard that you probably heard we're going to have to delay a day," NASA's Bob Cabana, Kennedy Space Center director, told reporters in a morning briefing. "We are not going to be able to launch tomorrow morning."

"Although the weather is probably going to look great here at the launch site, we're worried about the downrange wind and wave heights in case of an abort," he added.

"As soon as this front moves through, it's going to be absolutely beautiful on Friday morning," Cabana said. "So we're going to launch then." 

If Friday's launch goes as planned, the Crew-2 astronauts will strap into the Dragon capsule early Friday morning and arrive at the International Space Station on Saturday at 5:10 a.m. EDT (0910 GMT). The Crew-2 astronauts will join seven other crewmates already onboard the space station, including the four astronauts of SpaceX's Crew-1 mission for NASA who are scheduled to return to Earth April 28. 

SpaceX is one of two commercial companies with multibillion-dollar contracts to fly astronauts for NASA. (The other company is Boeing, which has yet to fly astronauts.) Crew-2 is SpaceX's third crewed flight for NASA after the launch of Crew-1 in November 2020 and a Demo-2 mission in May 2020.

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