They will try again Saturday.
The Crew Dragon spacecraft, propelled by a Falcon 9 rocket, will carry NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley to the International Space Station.
Hurley and Behnken are the first NASA crew to lift off from US soil on a USA -built vehicle since the Space Shuttle program ended nine years ago. The capsule launched Saturday afternoon from Florida, marking the first time a private company has launched a crew to orbit and the first time in nine years that NASA astronauts have launched to orbit from US soil.More news: Tropical Storm Laura brings life-threatening flash flooding over Dominican Republic, Haiti
A Crew Dragon spacecraft docked with the International Space Station May 31, less than a day after making history as the first human orbital spaceflight from the United States in almost nine years.
According to UKMail, there was a 50 percent chance Falcon 9 would not take off due to ominous clouds and lightning risks, but the weather cleared with just 45 minutes left on the clock countdown.
"I wanted them to see the flip side and get to see the next era of space travel", said Gatz, who lives in Deltona, Florida.
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The space agency also estimated 1.7 million people were watching the launch preparations online during the afternoon.
For Musk, the launch represents another milestone for the reusable rockets his company pioneered to make spaceflight less costly and more frequent. The craft was built under NASA's Commercial Crew Program and was developed entirely by SpaceX. A SpaceX capsule exploded on the test stand a year ago. Boeing's ship is not expected to fly astronauts into space until early 2021.
The docking is another accomplishment for the Crew Dragon's first test flight with humans aboard. (NASDAQ: TSLA) had said following the launch. And the SpaceX controllers had masks and were seated far apart.More news: Canucks cruise to win over Vegas, even series 1-1