NASA Delays SpaceX Crew-1 Launch Until Sunday

Schedule of launch countdown events for Crew-1 SpaceX NASA mission

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Whether Musk came into contact with the astronauts was unclear but unlikely since the crew has been in routine quarantine for weeks prior to the flight.

After an exected 8 hour and 30-minute flight into orbit, these four astronauts will then rendezvous with the International Space Station, where they will join the Expedition 64 crew for a almost 6-month stay on board the station.

Six months after launching astronauts for the first time, SpaceX is sending another crew to the International Space Station.

Originally, the Crew-1 mission meant to start their journey on Saturday, but the launch has been pushed back to Sunday due to weather interference caused by Tropical Storm Eta.

The crew led by Hopkins, an Air Force colonel, includes physicist Shannon Walker and Navy Cmdr. and rookie astronaut Victor Glover, who will be the first Black astronaut to spend an extended period aboard the space station - a full five to six months.

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The capsule is scheduled to dock with the space station on Monday.

The journey to the orbiting outpost is expected to take 27 hours.

"We are ready for this launch".

The "Crew Dragon" capsule as well as the Falcon 9 rocket and the associated ground systems are therefore the first new spaceship system that has existed since Space shuttle was certified by NASA for regular flights with astronauts nearly 40 years ago.

The crew, consisting of three NASA astronauts and one JAXA astronaut, will ride in SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule, atop the company's Falcon 9 rocket.

The Crew-1 Dragon spacecraft sits atop a Falcon 9 booster rocket at Launch Complex 39A on November 10, 2020.

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With coronavirus cases still spiking around the country, NASA officials asked that anyone planning to view the launch socially distance and maintain other health precautions, USA Today reported. If there's a delay, there is a backup launch window at 4:27 p.m. California time Sunday.

One of the test pilots on SpaceX's first astronaut flight, Doug Hurley, said he's certain Musk will be involved with the launch - regardless of where he is.

You can't really stay tuned in until the docking. Then they took a fiery plunge through Earth's atmosphere in the Crew Dragon before splashing down in the Gulf of Mexico.

This is ongoing live coverage of SpaceX's second-ever Crew-1 launch of humans aboard a Dragon Capsule atop a Falcon 9 rocket, so be sure to check-in with us for the latest updates.

NASA turned to SpaceX and Boeing after shuttering the checkered Space Shuttle program in 2011, which failed in its main objectives of making space travel affordable and safe. The government has spent over $6 billion on Commercial Crew since it began, according to The Planetary Society.

Dave Mosher and Morgan McFall-Johnsen contributed reporting.

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