This Wednesday, Elon Musk’s private rocket company SpaceX will send two NASA astronauts, Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley, to the International Space Station onboard its Crew Dragon spacecraft.
The Crew Dragon capsule will lift off on a Falcon 9 rocket at 4:33 p.m. EDT (2033 GMT) on Wednesday. This will be the first American manned spaceflight in almost a decade. Behnken and Hurley could live on the International Space Station for up to 110 days before returning to Earth.
For SpaceX and NASA, a safe flight would mark a milestone in the quest to produce reusable spacecraft that can make space travel more affordable.
It’s not not rocket science.
SpaceX could make history — that is if the weather cooperates. If there is bad weather, the launch will be delayed. It’s looking a little dicey: there is currently a 60% chance of good launch weather on Wednesday.
If the launch is called off at the last minute, there will be backup launch opportunities on Saturday and Sunday (May 30 and 31).
Whether the launch is delayed or not, SpaceX is going to rock it either way.