NASA is postponing a SpaceX rocket mission
The next manned launch of a SpaceX rocket has been delayed by at least two days, and no earlier than April 22, Nasa has revealed.
SpaceX had previously planned to launch NASA’s second space station team into orbit at the end of March, but in January the agency pushed back the target date to April 20.
NASA spokesman Dan Huot said Monday the agency was rescheduling the launch schedule around the time of the trip to the International Space Station to make sure astronauts were able to adjust their schedules.
It will be the second time a private company spacecraft has carried astronauts on a rotating mission to the space station, and SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket will carry a Crew Dragon into orbit, the report said.
Astronauts aboard the CREW-2 mission include Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur from NASA, Akihiko Hoshide from Japan and Thomas Pesquet from the European Space Agency. They will stay for six months, and the first crew, who arrived in November, will return to Earth in early May.