SpaceX second astronaut flight is set for 7:27 p.m. Sunday after the rocket company delayed by a day because of high wind and weather conditions that could jeopardize the recovery and recycling of the rocket booster.
Friday’s postponement news came after SpaceX chief Elon Musk disclosed he had gotten mixed test results for COVID-19 and was awaiting the outcome of a more definitive test.
Four astronauts — three Americans and one Japanese — are scheduled to blast off in a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center to travel to the International Space Station.
For NASA, it marks the long-awaited start of regular crew rotations at the International Space Station, with private companies providing the lifts. There will be double the number of astronauts as the test flight earlier this year, and their mission will last a full six months.
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