They will then be on-route for a rendezvous with the International Space Station at 10:29 a.m. Sunday, May 31. Since that time, Atwell has followed his dreams and has covered events dealing with NASA's Commercial Crew flight assignments at NASA's Johnson Space Center and other space-related events in the Lone Star State.
The instantaneous launch window for this important mission is scheduled to reach "T-minus zero" at 3:22 p.m. EDT on Saturday, May 30, 2020. She also hosted on Wednesday and says everyone is eager to attempt the launch yet again.
The weather violations included natural lightning and the strength of the electric field in the atmosphere.
Gray skies, thunderstorms and even a tornado warning made for a depressing scene at the Kennedy Space Centre as the countdown continued, but mission managers remained optimistic of an on-time launch at 4.33pm, Richard Luscombe writes from Florida, for the Guardian. Flying through precipitation raises the risk of the rocket gathering a static charge during flight, which could attract a lightning strike from nearby clouds.
"We can see raindrops on the windows", said Hurley as he and Behnken were told of the scrub.
But yesterday, the two astronauts who were sat in the Crew Dragon capsule for two hours before the postponement were unable to hide their disappointment at the setback. Ultimately, the weather continued to degrade during the count and the launch attempt was scrubbed.
The forecast for Sunday is slightly better, with a 60% chance of acceptable weather as opposed to Saturday's 50%.
This emphasizes that, sometimes, making the "go/no-go" decision for a mission to launch on time can depend on the at-the-moment weather conditions.
"Although it seems a welcome drying trend over Florida will soon be upon us, it's not clear if the timing will be soon enough for Sunday's attempt", the Weather Squadron wrote.
Past spacecraft that have carried astronauts into orbit were marvels of technology.
Coverage should include live shots of NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley saying goodbye to their families before being driven out to the pad and loading into the capsule before launch. Once fully operational, the Crew Dragon spacecraft would be able to last 210 days in orbit. For all these reasons, there's a lot riding on this SpaceX mission. Members of the public can participate in the mission through NASA's virtual guest operations.