SpaceX mission to ISS postponed due to bad weather, Science News

A manned SpaceX mission to the International Space Station has been postponed due to bad weather. The take-off was scheduled for Thursday (April 22), but will now take place on Friday (April 23) at 0949 GMT.

“For manned missions we need to look down to make sure the weather is good for a potential launch escape and crew recovery,” NASA administrator Steve Jurczyk told reporters.

The Crew-2 mission will transport four astronauts on the second routine taxi ride from SpaceX to the ISS since the United States resumed manned spaceflight, and the first with a European.

It involves US astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur, Akihiko Hoshide of the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and Thomas Pesquet, who is French, of the European Space Agency (ESA).

The mission is notable because it is the first to rely on a previously deployed booster and a capsule that had also been used previously

“It’s really helping us see full capacity and really realize the dreams we had when we started this effort about 10 years ago with SpaceX,” Tom Simon, NASA’s certification manager for SpaceX, told AFP.

NASA’s immediate goal is to be able to reuse booster rockets at least five times for human space flights.

(With input from agencies)