UPDATE – MISSION SCRUBBED – NASA SpaceX Crew Dragon – Falcon 9 Rocket Launch – 4:33pm EDT Livestreams…

UPDATE 4:00pm Mission Scrubbed due to weather

History will unfold today as NASA and SpaceX launch astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley to the International Space Station. This mission marks the first time since the retirement of the space shuttle in 2011 that humans will fly to the space station from U.S. soil.  Targeted Launch Time 4:33pm EDT  – Livestreams Ongoing

NASA and SpaceX are providing live coverage from launch to arrival at the space station. Teams are targeting 4:33 p.m. EDT for the launch of the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft atop a Falcon 9 rocket from historic Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The Crew Dragon is scheduled to dock to the space station at 11:29 a.m. Thursday, May 28.

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186 Responses to UPDATE – MISSION SCRUBBED – NASA SpaceX Crew Dragon – Falcon 9 Rocket Launch – 4:33pm EDT Livestreams…

  1. Mike Rock says:

    Well, rats……….they scrubbed due to weather.

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    • bcsurvivor2 says:

      I thought it was interesting over 1.5 million people from many different country’s are saying rats also…

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    • JAS says:

      They erred on that side of mega safety, kind of don’t blame them. Having lived in the state for over 40 years I can tell you this is what we get in the afternoons from now ’till after hurricane season.

      I used to fly airplanes mostly here in FL and the weather I saw today was not even in the immediate vicinity and would not have stopped anything with wings. Maybe NASA has a rule that says lighting within 20 miles scrubs the show but that was as close as it ever got (Get the Windy link on the web, it’s really good!). I would have pressed the button 🙂

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      • uselogic19 says:

        Yeah, we’ve finally settled into the early summer weather pattern. I don’t hold great hope for Saturday at 3-ish ET either. Over here, West of KSC it’s cleared up some but was monsooning at 3PM

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  2. MakeAmericaGreat says:

    Try again on Saturday, I guess.

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  3. ichicinnabar says:

    Close to 2 million people were tuned into the launch today. Probably will be more on Saturday.

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  4. Lest we forget…

    “We can’t expect to be number one in everything indefinitely.” –Top Obama administration Science Advisor Dr. John P. Holdren to American students

    “Obama’s is a stunted vision, and one that deliberately scales back the horizon for Western man, leaving the Chinese and Russians as de facto kings of the cosmos. Though the president believes that he’s smartly tossing a cumbersome program into the bin, along with its cowboy ethos, he forgets that astronauts are more than overpaid automatons of the state — they’re heroes, men whose adventures are an instrumental part of America’s own. The president looks at moondust and sees dirt.”–Robert Costa

    When I was recently listing some of the many, many, many ways in which Comrade O had abased himself before Putin and Russia, I forget this one:

    Robert Costa: “I just have to say, pretty bluntly here, that we’ve been [to the moon] before,” Obama declared in front of an eerily quiet NASA audience. …When he spoke at the Kennedy Space Center during the run-up to the 2008 election, Obama vowed to protect the jobs of the facility’s workers before an audience that included them; not a single space worker was invited to attend yesterday’s speech.” If it was a Crescent Moon, he’d go there.

    Obama BEFORE the election:

    “Obama commits to moon mission” By Robert Block, Orlando Sentinel, August, 16 2008

    Obama AFTER the election:

    “Obama aims to ax moon mission” By Robert Block, Orlando Sentinel, January 27, 2010

    Fox News, May, 2010:
    “Earlier this week, the administration said it would rescue a small part of the moon program: its Orion crew capsule. But instead of taking four astronauts to the moon, the not-yet-built Orion will be slimmed down and used as an emergency escape pod on the [Russian] space station.”
    What a perfect metaphor for Obama’s vision: from “To Boldly Go Where No Man has Gone Before !” to “Keep your head down, crawl into the escape pod and nobody will get hurt.”

    “America–We Lead the World in Escape Pod Technology!”

    That would be an escape pod from the Soyuz Space Station–if we can even beg the Russians to sell us the rocket engines to get there in the first place:

    How a U.S.-Russian Space Rocket Deal Funds Putin’s Cronies: Putin’s space industry is managed by two Russian officials sanctioned over the invasion of Ukraine. So why is the Pentagon buying $2 billion from it? Way to stand up to those Putin, Barry. You showed him.”

    This is what is at stake again. Lest we forget.

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    • Good post Gipper. I like.

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    • MaineCoon says:

      Excellent post. Post again in future, as applicable for all to read and remember.

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    • Very timely post, Gipper
      May I add that in July 2009, Obama named Charles Bolden Jr as NASA Administrator.
      Bolden sat for an interview with AlJazeera and explained the priorites for NASA that Obama gave him.
      1. Re-inspire children to study math and science
      2. Expand NASA’s international relationships
      3rd and “foremost” to find a way to reach out to the Muslim world to help them feel good about their contribution to science, math and engineering.
      Space exploration and technical advancements did not make his list.

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  5. i know this Launch has been scuttled due to bad weather..
    Though,, I do remember a “launch” (before 9/11) .. Family & I were residing in Springfield, GA, (near Savannah, just outside Rincon), The “area”, neighborhood was up on a hill Top if you will.

    Anyhoo, watch the Launch of STS-104,, (Late afternoon),, We could see this “launched” from the Florida East Coast, Was a very Impressive sight to see.. watched with My young Daughters back then.. From the front yard..

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  6. Troublemaker10 says:

    So disappointed it was delayed. I’ll be watching Saturday though!

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  7. Sue says:

    I am disappointed in the cancelled launch but we’ve had rain off and on all day here in Florida.
    We watched it on C-SPAN 2. We turned to Fox Business Channel for a few seconds but their coverage was lacking professionalism; so silly and uninformed. Another example of how far the journalists have fallen over the years.
    Hopefully, it will be a “go” on Saturday.

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  8. TreeClimber says:

    Husband is disappointed. We’re making a party of it on Saturday, though.

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  9. northwoodswatcher says:

    WE LEARNED DURING PROJECT APOLLO how lightning can cause real problems during launch.

    Lightning can stretch across the sky and strike out of the blue more than 10 miles from the clouds in which it was born. Multiple lightning strikes almost caused an abort of Apollo 12.

    Apollo 12 Lightning Strike Incident (November 14, 1969)
    https://www.history.nasa.gov/afj/ap12fj/a12-lightningstrike.html

    Before Apollo 13’s “Houston, we’ve had a problem” there was Apollo 12’s “What the hell was that?” voiced by Command Module Pilot Dick Gordon at the first of the bolts to strike the latter spacecraft.

    Then there was a second strike. Commander Pete Conrad exclaimed: “I just lost the platform.”

    This then was the incident in which John Aaron, who was manning the EECOM (electrical and life support systems) console at NASA’s Mission Control won his wings as a “steely eyed missile man” with his famous call of “SCE to AUX.”

    An excerpt of the NASA transcript of this mission-saving action by Aaron follows:

    As he looked at the screens, John Aaron recognized a pattern in the seemingly entirely random numbers on his screen.

    He recalled seeing something similar in the past during a test of the command module when a drop in the power to a system called the signal conditioning equipment had caused similar figures to be displayed in the data output.

    According to Aaron’s NASA oral history, the values displayed after the lightning strike were identical to those he had encountered before, during the factory testing. Instead of the sensor values dropping to zero due to power loss, they produced these strange patterns.

    This recognition gave Aaron the confidence to contact [Flight Director] Gerry Griffin, and issue his suggestion on how to rectify the telemetry situation.

    GRIFFIN (FLIGHT) – How’s it looking, EECOM? (…) EECOM, what do you see?
    AARON (EECOM) – Flight, EECOM. Try SCE to AUX.
    GRIFFIN (FLIGHT) – Say again? SCE to AUX?
    AARON (EECOM) – AUX.
    GRIFFIN (FLIGHT) – AUX.
    AARON (EECOM) – Auxiliary, FLIGHT.
    GRIFFIN (FLIGHT) – SCE to AUX. CAPCOM. What panel? EECOM?

    Although sounding confounded by the suggestion himself, Griffin recognized the urgency of the situation and passed the action to CapCom Gerald Carr. Astronaut Carr activated his microphone to open the thankfully still functioning radio link to the spacecraft, and spoke as clearly and firmly as possible.

    000:01:36 Carr: Apollo 12, Houston. Try SCE to Auxiliary. Over.
    000:01:39 Conrad: Try FCE to Auxiliary.
    000:01:41 Conrad (onboard): What the hell is that?
    000:01:42 Gordon (onboard): Fuel cell…
    000:01:43 Carr: SCE, SCE to auxiliary. [Long pause.]
    000:01:45 Conrad (onboard): Try the buses. Get the buses back on the line.
    000:01:48 Bean (onboard): It looks – Everything looks good.
    000:01:50 Conrad (onboard): SCE to Aux.

    Lunar Module Pilot Alan Bean’s spacesuit gloved finger performed this emergency procedure, which resulted in the onboard instrumentation finally receiving normal power again. Within moments, clear data began to filter in onto the screens in Mission Control.

    GRIFFIN (FLIGHT) – What panel, EECOM?
    AARON (EECOM) – We got it back, Flight. Looks good.
    GRIFFIN (FLIGHT) – Okay.

    It was one minute after the first lightning strike that Carr gave the order to set SCE to AUX. That is how long it took for Mission Control to get on top of the telemetry problem and fix it.

    All this, and the crew’s manual actions to rectify the issue, took place while the spacecraft was experiencing maximum acceleration of 3.91 Gs.

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    • ichicinnabar says:

      Northwoods,

      An awesome story. Many thanks.

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    • ichicinnabar says:

      Northwoods,

      An awesome story. Many thanks.

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    • annieoakley says:

      Wow. That gave me the chills just reading about it. Lightning is so powerful.

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    • fred5678 says:

      Thanks! And great pics and details at the link.

      Just sent this to my brother-in-law, an EE who worked on Apollo communication systems at North American in Downey, CA.

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    • bleep21k says:

      Gene Kranz graduated from my HS in Toledo, Ohio – Central Catholic High School (Fighting Irish). My alma mater has a piece of the moon encased in lucite on display in the building.

      Kranz – Class of ’51
      Me – Class ’82

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    • Tornorosa says:

      Thanks for the story link Northwoods. Something Astonishing about the interaction of those men and their incredible flying machine

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      • Tornarosa says:

        I missed something the first time reading Northwood, but caught it the second time around. With only a little poetic license, it may be said that in fact, Apollo 12 navigated from Earth to the Moon by using a sextant to orient themselves to the stars.

        Truly remarkable. A wonderful story to tell when they got back to the Shire.

        Even if they only did it to re-orient their caged gyros.
        “Dick Gordon’s biggest problem initially was acclimating to darkness so that he could spot the faint stars he needed to mark with his telescope, to tell the computer that he was looking at them while the spacecraft was at a particular attitude”

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  10. Rix Six says:

    With this delay, maybe they can put U.S.A. on the side of the rocket along with a flag that’s big enough to see without binoculars.

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    • frogman says:

      Maybe not have the flags on the support crew with the flag with the star field on the right also/ s/b on the left.

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  11. sunnyflower5 says:

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  12. Tornarosa says:

    President Trump and Melania tour NASA. Some great candid shots. PT looks like a General reviewing his troops. Wait! That’s what he’s doing… Command presence, approachable, inquisitive, great SA, makes decisions easily. Melania adds a splash of her magic., Press makes a herd rush to a door, must have had free food. Looks like Santa’s workshop, fun place. Good vid.

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  13. Now there is plenty of time to watch both The Right Stuff and Space Cowboys before the Saturday afternoon launch!

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  14. Jimmy Jack says:

    How convenient. I hope all of this space and NASA fraud nonsense comes to light sooner rather than later. They play is all for fools. Meanwhile they’re fumbling all that money into DARPA and black ops.

    Sadly this will be a propaganda point for the Chinese.

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    • 4EDouglas says:

      Put the tinfoil hat down and slowly walk away. Musk and others-my money is on Musk have pushed privately funded money into space Musk has achieved a reusable effective, spacecraft. His reputation is on the line here. In a way he is much like President Trump-Lead, follow or get out of the road.. This is how we get back to the moon-and eventually the Stars.
      “Per Ardua ad Astra.”

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  15. I wish someone could tell me why we haven’t been able to go back and land on the moon again? I its been 51 years?
    I mean seriously…

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  16. I wish someone could tell me why we haven’t been able to go back and land on the moon again? I its been 51 years?
    I mean seriously…

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  17. I wish someone could tell me why we haven’t been able to go back and land on the moon again? I its been 51 years?
    I mean seriously…

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  18. I wish someone could tell me why we haven’t been able to go back and land on the moon again? I its been 51 years?
    I mean seriously…

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    • Mist'ears Mom says:

      sorry guys … WordPress and computer issues… didn’t mean to post 4 times…

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      • 4EDouglas says:

        Musk plans to so does the USA. I if all goes to plan-which is to say before the end of the decade- we’ll be back. Trump is for it and if we can get our kids into STEM programs.
        We will make it so, Hang in there..
        I hope to live to see it-again..

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        • Mist'ears Mom says:

          That might be so, however my point was if we were able to land there 51 years ago why haven’t we been able to do it again before musk or whenever.
          It should have happened again in the last 51 years if we got there in 69.
          My point is that we have probably never been on the moon & its just another freakin hoax like everything else the gubmint lies to us about.

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          • Gary says:

            Never has it been a question of “able” it’s a question of priority. Been there, done that…..what’s next? Probe every planet in the our system, land on an asteroid, rover mars. So much to do and only so much time and money.

            We’ve been to the moon, we have essentially been to them all, heck we’ve even littered nuclear waste on Jupiter…..yup, we’ve been busy.

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            • Mist'ears Mom says:

              Yea we landed on the moon in 1969 when we didn’t have a teenth of the technology we have now yet somehow just have not ever been able to get back there….

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  19. I wish someone could tell me why we haven’t been able to go back and land on the moon again? I its been 51 years?
    I mean seriously…

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  20. James Street says:

    Space expert Robert Zimmerman has a beautiful essay on his blog ‘Behind The Black’ explaining freedom’s importance in today’s SpaceX launch. It’s titled “In space exploration, freedom wins again”.

    He says, “This week we shall once again see a demonstration of the power of freedom… the launch of an American rocket, owned by an American company, putting two Americans in space… few will recognize how it is freedom, that forgotten word, that more than anything made it possible…. Freedom is what fuels human endeavor. It is what makes all great things possible…. and it is why SpaceX will be launching two Americans into space this week, not NASA.”

    Full essay “In space exploration, freedom wins again” by Robert Zimmerman:
    https://behindtheblack.com/behind-the-black/essays-and-commentaries/in-space-exploration-freedom-wins-again/

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    • Gary says:

      There’s a scary side too though, until now any space program required what we casually refer to as “state funding”….as do nukes. Rules change and never forget the hidden cost of freedom…exposure.

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  21. hawkins6 says:

    I FF through some of the NASA video due to the length of time but the broadcast was very well done from what I watched. I really like the new designs of the spacecraft inside and outside and the astronaut’s suits etc. Their appearance made it look like space travel has taken quite a leap ahead since the last launch from the USA. I wonder when or if a huge leap in propulsion methods and speeds will be developed.

    I hope and pray they have a safe and successful launch and linking with the space station on Saturday.

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