SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket postponed to Sunday

SpaceX delayed its second astronaut flight by a day because of high wind and weather conditions that could jeopardize the recovery and recycling of the rocket booster, pushing the launch to Sunday.

News 12 Staff

Nov 14, 2020, 12:00 AM

Updated 1,307 days ago

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SpaceX delayed its second astronaut flight by a day because of high wind and weather conditions that could jeopardize the recovery and recycling of the rocket booster, pushing the launch to Sunday.
The launch, when it happens, could mark the beginning of a new era in space history -- a history in which Long Island has played a pivotal role.
Dick Dunn was part of the Grumman Apollo Legacy and 50 years ago he kept the public informed on the race to space.
Now Dunn, who watched every Apollo Launch from Cape Canaveral, will watch the SpaceX Rocket launch, carrying a crew of four astronauts. He planned to watch from the comfort of his West Islip den this year.
Col. Michael Fincke spent 381 days in space and on board the International Space Station.
He says the crew, three NASA astronauts — Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover, and Shannon Walker — will be joined by Soichi Noguchi, an astronaut with Japan's space agency, on the trip are in for the ride of their life.
The Crew Dragon capsule, on top of the SpaceX Falcon rocket, is expected to launch from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
The astronauts will spend six months on board the ISS conducting experiments like searching for a cure for leukemia and growing vegetables.
Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.


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