Bad weather calls off NASA-SpaceX launch


Unfavourable weather conditions forced NASA and SpaceX to call off the first crewed flight from US soil in nearly a decade yesterday.

American astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken were due to liftoff from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 4.33pm EDT, but bad weather forced mission managers to pull the plug just 16 minutes before launch.

“I know there’s a lot of disappointment today. The weather got us,” NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said. “But it was a great day for NASA. It was a great day for SpaceX. Our teams worked together in a really impressive way, making good decisions all along.”

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