SpaceX delays first astronaut launch due to bad weather

SpaceX on Wednesday had to postpone its first launch of astronauts into orbit due to bad weather. The mission was rescheduled for Saturday, May 30.

President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence had arrived at Kennedy Space Center in Florida to watch SpaceX’s Falcon 9 and Crew Dragon spacecraft take off before lightning and rain forced NASA and SpaceX to scrub the launch.

The mission is to be the first to send humans into orbit from U.S. soil in nearly a decade, and the first time a private company has put astronauts into space. The astronauts, former military pilots Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley, both flew two missions on the Space Shuttle.

They will travel to the International Space Station, which is orbiting 240 miles above the Earth at a speed of 17,000 miles per hour.

 

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