NASA Historic Falcon 9 Launch Could be Delayed by Florida’s Thunderstorms

Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken - Courtesy NASA

NASA’s return to space on Wednesday may be postponed because of inclement weather on Florida’s Space Coast.

More than 7 million people are under a flood watch on Florida’s East Coast and the high probability of thunderstorms threatens NASA’s first manned space launch in nine years.

The SpaceX Falcon 9 with a Crew Dragon and American astronauts aboard was all systems go as of Tuesday but the likelihood of rain may postpone the historic launch.

The Falcon 9 will have another shot at launching the mission that brings NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to the ISS on May 30 and if that scrubs, on May 31.

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Ahead of SpaceX’s historic launch of two American astronauts to the International Space Station from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said expressed the collective belief.

“We’re transforming how we do spaceflight in general,” Bridenstine said. “The commercial crew program is in fact about commercializing lower earth orbit.”

Excitement is in the air regardless as the United States enters a new — and long anticipated — era of manned space flight once again. ┬áBesides those directly involved like Boeing, NASA and SpaceX, even an icon from the past is jumping for joy: Snoopy!