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SpaceX bumps next NASA launch until Wednesday

APTOPIX SpaceX Crew Launch
Posted at 10:58 AM, Oct 30, 2021

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX bumped its next astronaut flight for NASA until Wednesday because of rough wind and waves hundreds of miles away.

Four astronauts were supposed to blast off Sunday on a six-month mission to the International Space Station. The forecast for Florida was near perfect. But a large storm in the Northeast had the sea churning farther up the coast, violating launch rules.

SpaceX requires good weather all the way up the Eastern Seaboard and across the North Atlantic, in case the capsule has to make an emergency splashdown. Calmer conditions are expected Wednesday.

The one German and three U.S. astronauts will remain at NASA's Kennedy Space Center until then.