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SpaceX Crew-8 Launch Postponed to Sunday Due to Poor Weather

Gulan Media March 3, 2024 News
SpaceX Crew-8 Launch Postponed to Sunday Due to Poor Weather

The eagerly anticipated launch of SpaceX Crew-8 to the International Space Station (ISS), originally slated for Saturday, has been delayed for a second time, NASA announced. The postponement, attributed to adverse weather conditions, has prompted a rescheduling of the liftoff for Sunday at 10:53 p.m. (0353 Monday GMT/UTC).

The decision to delay the launch came after SpaceX cited "elevated winds" as the primary factor affecting Saturday's launch window. The Crew-8 mission, comprised of three American astronauts and a Russian cosmonaut, was poised to depart from Florida's Cape Canaveral space center.

Under NASA's Commercial Crew Program, spearheaded by entrepreneur Elon Musk's SpaceX since 2020, the company has taken the reins of astronaut launch services for the US space agency.

The Crew-8 team, consisting of NASA astronauts Michael Barratt, Matthew Dominick, and Jeanette Epps, alongside Russian cosmonaut Alexander Grebyonkin, anticipates a six-month stay aboard the ISS. During their tenure, they will conduct various research endeavors.

Of particular note is Jeanette Epps' inaugural spaceflight, marking a significant milestone in her career. Joining her are fellow astronauts Dominick and Grebyonkin, who also embark on their first venture beyond Earth's atmosphere. Meanwhile, for Michael Barratt, this mission signifies his third stint aboard the ISS, underscoring his seasoned experience in space exploration.

Amid escalating tensions due to Moscow's invasion of Ukraine, space exploration continues to serve as a rare bastion of collaboration between the United States and Russia. Despite geopolitical challenges, international efforts to advance scientific discovery and space exploration persist unabated.

As anticipation mounts for Sunday's rescheduled launch, stakeholders and enthusiasts alike remain optimistic for a successful mission, further cementing the collaborative spirit of space exploration amidst terrestrial discord.

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