The Kennedy Space Center in Florida is being challenged by Tropical Storm Ian.
The upcoming tropical storm has forced the space agency to abandon a potential launch opportunity for its next-generation SLS rocket. The enormous rocket needs to be rolled off the launchpad and back into the Vehicle Assembly Building to protect it from the incoming wind and rain.
The Crew-5 mission to the space station has been disrupted by Storm Ian. Plans to bring the crew to the Kennedy Space Center on September 26 have been delayed due to the weather.
The current target launch date of Monday, October 3, could slip if NASA doesn't decide on a new date soon.
The arrival of the Crew-5 astronauts to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida has been delayed due to Tropical Storm Ian.
Update: @NASA’s @SpaceX Crew-5 astronaut arrival to the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida has been delayed as mission teams monitor Tropical Storm Ian. A new crew arrival date will be set in the coming days.
The Flight Readiness Review teleconference remains on Sept.26. https://t.co/eU9FY7QZcL
— NASA Commercial Crew (@Commercial_Crew) September 26, 2022
NASA astronauts Nicole Mann and Josh Cassada, along with Koichi Wakata of JAXA, and Anna Kikina of Russia's Roscosmos space agency, will spend about six months on the outpost working on science.
This will be Mann's first time in space. Wakata has been on several missions. The first and most recent voyages took place in 1996. Like his three crewmates, the Japanese astronauts will be traveling aboard the Crew Dragon capsule for the very first time.
The Crew-5 mission will be the eighth crewed flight by the company. There are seven people on the space station. The first-ever all-civilian mission that didn't dock at the International Space Station was one of the crewed flights.
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