The astronauts were due to lift off on Wednesday, but the mission was aborted less than 17 minutes before launch time over concerns that the event could trigger lightning.More news: Date of Event Samsung Will Introduce Galaxy Z Fold2
NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley have successfully reached orbit aboard a SpaceX spacecraft, the culmination of the better part of a decade of work.
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The two men were scheduled to ride into orbit aboard the SpaceX's bullet-shaped Dragon capsule on top of a Falcon 9 rocket, taking off from the same launch pad used during the Apollo moon missions a half-century ago.More news: Usain Bolt 'tests positive for coronavirus' days after birthday party
No issues with the spacecraft have been reported - described by a SpaceX commentator as "pretty boring for the astronauts, but that's what we wanted".
"This is just the beginning", he said.
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She said the children had faint memories of watching in person one of the last shuttle launches nearly a decade ago when they were preschoolers. The pair will stay at ISS for four months. The craft was built under NASA's Commercial Crew Program and was developed entirely by SpaceX. Development of SpaceX's Dragon and Boeing's Starliner capsules took longer than expected, however. "We're transforming how we do spaceflight in the future".