Historic Launch Called Off With 16 Minutes to Go

After bad weather, they will try again on Saturday
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 27, 2020 3:51 PM CDT
Historic Launch Called Off With 16 Minutes to Go
Clouds pass over the SpaceX Falcon 9, with the Crew Dragon spacecraft on top of the rocket, as it sits on Launch Pad 39-A Wednesday, May 27, 2020, at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla.   (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

(Newser) – NASA has been waiting almost a decade for astronauts to be launched into space from American soil—and they're going to have to wait at least another three days. The historic SpaceX launch from Cape Canaveral was called off Wednesday with just 16 minutes to go, the AP reports. In its official stream of the launch, NASA said the test flight to the International Space Station with astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley was scrubbed due to "unfavorable weather conditions."

President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence had traveled to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida to watch the launch, but hours before the scheduled 4:33pm liftoff, controllers warned that with thunderstorms in the area and the risk of lightning, the chances of the launch happening on time were only 40%. The next opportunities to launch will be Saturday at 3:22pm and Sunday at 3pm, the New York Times reports. When the mission does blast off, it will be the first time a private company has sent astronauts into space. (Read more NASA stories.)

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