NASA and SpaceX Launch Canceled

NASA and SpaceX Launch Canceled

"Hubble SM4 Press Conference" by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Ariana Rhoades, Writer

At 4:17pm on May 27, 2020, thousands of people were eagerly awaiting the launch of history, or the NASA and SpaceX 1st Commercial Crew Test Flight. But then a few seconds after, the hype was abruptly cut off at the words “We are not going to launch today…”

The NASA and SpaceX Commercial Crew Test Flight is a long-awaited “first commercially-built and operated American rocket and spacecraft,” says NASA in their Coverage of Landmark NASA SpaceX Commercial Crew Test Flight. “This will be SpaceX’s final test flight for NASA’s Commercial Crew Program and will provide critical data on the performance of the Falcon 9 rocket, Crew Dragon spacecraft, and ground systems, as well as in-orbit, docking, and landing operations” they say.

But why was the first commercial crew test flight canceled?

It turns out that it was for the safety of the crew. Because of the tropical storm in the area, they had to cancel it so the astronauts wouldn’t be injured in any way. The plan is to move the launch to Sunday, 3 days after the initial first try.

You can see the process of setting up the rocket before and after the cancelation In their Making History: NASA and SpaceX Launch Astronauts to Space! Livestream aired on Youtube.