SpaceX-Nasa crewed mission postponed due to bad weather
Aug 28 2020
NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley lifted off in the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft carrying at 3:22 p.m. EDT Saturday on the company's Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
The launch was also important because it was NASA's first human spaceflight departing from USA soil in almost a decade.
Since NASA retired its space shuttle in 2011, it outsourced the job of building its next generation of spaceships to SpaceX and Boeing. Historically, NASA subcontracted numerous aerospace companies to build spacecraft, but SpaceX exists in the private sector.
The mission lifted off from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Saturday afternoon - the first crewed launch from USA soil in nine years. Look carefully, and you'll see one on the wrist of Behnken during the pre-launch checks with the signature velcro strap.
Once the rocket launched, the crew inside the ground station broke into applause.
During the day, thunder could be heard as the astronauts made their way to the pad at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, and a tornado warning was issued moments after they climbed into their capsule.
US Vice President Mike Pence and US President Donald Trump watch the SpaceX launch.
SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon before launch was cancelled on May 27. Once the pair gets to the space station, they're expected to stay there for at least a month.
The second stage also separated smoothly, sending the astronauts in the Crew Dragon capsule on their way to the space station orbiting some 250 miles (450 kilometers) above the Earth.