When will NASA and SpaceX try to launch again? New date for historic mission announced


After months of anticipation, NASA and SpaceX were forced to cancel their historic launch this evening, due to poor weather conditions.

NASA astronauts, Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken, were expected to take off from Florida at 16:33 EDT (21:33 BST), marking the first spaceflight to take off from the US in nine years.

However, poor weather conditions forced NASA and SpaceX to make the difficult decision to reschedule the historic flight.

Jim Bridenstine, NASA administrator, tweeted: "No launch for today - safety for our crew members @Astro_Doug and @AstroBehnken is our top priority.

"We'll try, try again to #LaunchAmerica."

Thankfully, there's not long to wait before the next launch attempt.

NASA has confirmed that the next launch attempt will now take place at 15:22 EDT (20:22 BST) on Saturday, May 30.

In a blog about the cancellation, NASA said: "NASA and SpaceX have scrubbed today’s launch attempt of the Demo-2 test flight to the International Space Station with astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley due to unfavorable weather conditions around Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley

"SpaceX will begin removing propellant from the Falcon 9 rocket and then the astronauts will exit the Crew Dragon spacecraft.

"Launch coverage will continue until the crew has left the pad for Astronaut Crew Quarters."

Mirror Online will be covering the second launch attempt on Saturday, so make sure you check back in then.