Planned SpaceX launch could be delayed due to storms

SpaceX will be launching its first astronauts into orbit Wednesday afternoon, should the weather cooperate

CAPE CANAVERAL, FL. — For the first time in nine years, astronauts will be launched from U.S. soil into space. The launch is scheduled for 2:33 p.m. Mountain time (4:33 p.m. ET).

Afternoon thunderstorms could still delay the launch, and meteorologists are keeping an eye on the sky as launch time approaches. Should storms interrupt launch, SpaceX plans to try again this Saturday.

Currently, the U.S. Air Force’s 45th Space Wing forecasts a 50% chance of storms violating established launch safety guidelines.

SpaceX by NBC news

SpaceX shuttle — Images by NBC news

This will be the first time in history NASA astronauts fly into space using a commercially built spacecraft.

Should the launch proceed, the crew will dock at the International Space Station at 9:29 a.m. Mountain time Thursday.

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