NASA said on Wednesday that a spacecraft for the International Space Station (ISS) has been postponed for a day due to weather concerns.
The flight was scheduled for Thursday, but due to inclement weather along the flight path, it will now be scheduled for Friday, US astronauts said.
“Even if the conditions around the launch site were favorable for take-off, teams should also take into account the conditions of the flight path”, NASA said in a statement. The mission will fly from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
The SpaceX rocket had to carry four astronauts to the ISS as the United States embarked on space flight, and for the first time with Frenchman Thomas Peskett, a European.
American astronauts Shane Kimboose and Megan McRathur are also on the mission, as well as Akihiko Hoshide of the Japanese Space Agency (JAXA).
Launch update 🚀 @NASA And @ SpaceX Now targeting for the launch of the Crew-2 mission on Friday, April 23 at 5:49 pm ET @space Station Due to adverse weather conditions on the flight path on Thursday.
Learn more: https://t.co/GSBum6JjfN pic.twitter.com/ylfQx0u2qT
– NASA Commercial Crew (@Commercial_Crew) April 21, 2021
The team of astronauts will be responsible for conducting several scientific experiments, such as investigating the effects of weightlessness on the organoids of the brain (mini-brains created in the laboratory).
Elon Musk’s SpaceX has established itself as NASA’s preferred transportation provider as the agency awaits Boeing’s Starliner capsule.
SpaceX’s first human test flight in May 2020 ended nine years of US dependence on Russian rockets for trips to the ISS following the disappearance of the Space Shuttle program.
Friday’s flight will re-use the booster rockets used in the Crew-1 mission – the first one – and the Crew Dragon capsule will be the same one used in the test mission.