Launch of SpaceX astronauts postponed NASA’s space center dagon spacex capsule

This Sunday, April 18, 2021 photo available from SpaceX
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This Sunday, April 18, 2021 photo available from SpaceX showing, from left, NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur, European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Akihiko Hoshide during a dress rehearsal at the Center Kennedy Space in Cape Canaveral, Fla., For their launch Thursday, April 22. For the first time, NASA is putting its trust in a SpaceX recycled rocket and capsule for crew.

SpaceX on Wednesday hit its next astronaut launch by a day due to dangerously high waves and offshore wind. Liftoff is now scheduled for early Friday morning from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, when better weather is expected.

The SpaceX Dragon capsule has the ability to abort the launch all the way to orbit in case of an emergency. That’s why Florida’s launch site needs good weather, but all the way up the East Coast and across the North Atlantic to Ireland.

The four astronauts – from the United States, Japan and France – will spend six months at the International Space Station.

This will be SpaceX’s third launch of astronauts for NASA in less than a year. NASA turned to private companies once the shuttle program ended to transport supplies not only to the space station, but to people as well. SpaceX started distributing cargo in 2012 and flew its first crew up last May.

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