WASHINGTON: The historic launch of 2 astronauts to space by NASA and SpaceX scheduled for Wednesday, May 27 got postponed due to bad weather. It was to take place from Kennedy Space Centre located in Florida.
The official handle of NASA took to twitter to declare that the launch has been postponed by tweeting, "Due to the weather conditions, the launch is scrubbing."
Today’s launch was scrubbed due to weather. There were no issues with the @SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon spacecraft. The next launch attempt is Saturday, May 30 at 3:22 p.m. ET. #LaunchAmerica More photos from today: https://t.co/8due5jBg5Y pic.twitter.com/wvvd3WcnWz— NASA HQ PHOTO (@nasahqphoto) May 27, 2020
The mission would have been the first time since 2011 that an American astronauts launch was planned on an American rocket from American ground to the International Space Station (ISS).
The space transportation company founded by Elon Musk, SpaceX revealed that the launch got postponed due to unfavourable weather conditions in the flight path.
However, a fresh date for the launch has also been set. The historic launch is now set to take place on Saturday, May 30 around 15:22 EST.
Administrator from NASA, Jim Bridenstine also tweeted, "No launch for today - safety for our crew members is our top priority."
🌩️ No launch for today - safety for our crew members @Astro_Doug and @AstroBehnken is our top priority.— Jim Bridenstine (@JimBridenstine) May 27, 2020
We'll try, try again to #LaunchAmerica on Saturday with liftoff at 3:22pm ET. NASA TV will begin coverage at 11 am. Join us again virtually: https://t.co/LO1sJwia2G
The countdown came to a halt in less than 17 minutes before the Falcon 9 rocket from SpaceX was due to lift off from the historic 'Lunch Complex 39A' within the Kennedy Space Center, Florida.
Eventually, the two astronauts also exited the vehicle safely once the propellent got offloaded from the rocket along with the launch escape system being disarmed, as per NASA.