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NASA and Space X delay the launch of Crew-8 to the International Space Station

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NASA and Space X delay the launch of Crew-8 to the International Space Station

(CNN) — The highly anticipated launch of Crew-8 to the International Space Station has been delayed due to high winds, mission managers at SpaceX and NASA announced on Saturday night.

The decision to cancel tonight’s launch attempt came after the four Crew-8 astronauts had already suited up, but before they boarded the special Tesla vehicles that would take them to the launch pad. The Space Force had forecasted only a 40% chance of favorable weather at the launch pad for the scheduled 11:16 p.m. ET launch.

This delay marks the second time the launch has been postponed, as bad weather conditions along the US East Coast led to the cancellation of the planned launch on Friday at 12:04 a.m.

Crew-8 is part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, which involves the space agency working with private companies to transport astronauts to orbit. NASA Commander Matthew Dominick, pilot Michael Barratt, mission specialist Jeanette Epps, and cosmonaut mission specialist Alexander Grebenkin from Roscosmos are set to travel to the space station where they will remain until the fall of this year.

The next launch opportunity for Crew-8 is scheduled for Sunday night at 10:53 pm ET. Stay tuned for further updates on this exciting mission.

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