SpaceX on cusp of launching astronauts, back on home turf

NASA astronauts Robert Behnken (left) and Douglas Hurley (right), Photo Date: 1/3/20
NASA astronauts Robert Behnken (left) and Douglas Hurley (right), Photo Date: 1/3/20, Photo: SpaceX / (CC BY-NC 2.0)


CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (AP) – Bad weather postpones first launch of NASA astronauts from Florida in nine years. Next attempt is Saturday.

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AP Aerospace Writer

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (AP) – SpaceX is on the cusp of launching NASA astronauts into orbit, a first for a private company. Wednesday afternoon’s planned flight to the International Space Station will be the first of Americans from the U.S. in nearly a decade. Riding aboard the brand new SpaceX Dragon capsule for the historic test flight will be veteran NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken. Thunderstorms remain a concern, both at Florida’s Kennedy Space Center and along the Dragon’s path to orbit. SpaceX has a split second to launch the Falcon rocket, at 4:33 p.m. EDT. Despite the pandemic, cars and RVs lined roads hours before liftoff.

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