SpaceX set for first manned rocket launch2020-05-27 18:07 by Daniela
Tags: SpaceX, NASA
SpaceX has canceled today's launch of NASA astronauts into space for the first time. Weather was the issue for the delay. The next launch attempt is slated for Saturday, May 30, at 3:22 p.m. ET.
If weather, hardware, and other factors cooperate, SpaceX's Crew Dragon spaceship, built with NASA funds, will launch the astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley toward the ISS in a mission called Demo-2. Until then, both astronauts will head back to quarantine.
The last time the United States launched humans into space from American soil was in 2011, when the last space shuttle made its final voyage into orbit. Since then, NASA has relied on Russian Soyuz rockets to ferry its astronauts to and from the International Space Station. That has become increasingly expensive and limited US access to the station.
Now NASA partnered with Elon Musk's privately owned company to build and design the spacecraft. If the mission Demo-2 is successful, it will be the first commercially built aircraft to carry Americans to the International Space Station.
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