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Historic SpaceX launch postponed because of stormy weather

SpaceX rocket ship SpaceX rocket ship |  Photo: ABC News

MARCIA DUNN AP Aerospace Writer
Updated: May 27, 2020 03:53 PM

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - The launch of a SpaceX rocket ship with two NASA astronauts on a history-making flight into orbit has been called off with 16 minutes to go in the countdown because of the danger of lightning. Liftoff is rescheduled for Saturday.

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The spacecraft was set to blast off Wednesday afternoon for the International Space Station, ushering in a new era in commercial spaceflight and putting NASA back in the business of launching astronauts from U.S. for the first time in nearly a decade.

The mission is seen as a giant leap forward for the booming business of commercial space travel. Space veterans Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken are scheduled to ride into orbit Wednesday afternoon aboard the brand-new Dragon capsule.

Ever since the space shuttle was retired in 2011, NASA has relied on Russian rockets to carry astronauts to and from the space station.


 

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MARCIA DUNN AP Aerospace Writer

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