The Japan Times
· Manned SpaceX launch scrubbed because of bad weather →
The spacecraft — designed, built and owned by SpaceX — was set to blast off in the afternoon for the International Space Station, opening a new era in commercial spaceflight.
· Historic SpaceX launch postponed by NASA because of stormy weather →
The spacecraft designed, built and owned spacecraft by SpaceX was set to blast off in the afternoon for the International Space Station, ushering in a new era in commercial spaceflight and putting NASA back in the business of launching astronauts from U.S. soil for the first time in nearly a decade.
· SpaceX, NASA delay first US space launch in nine years over bad weather →
The move by NASA to invest in privately developed spacecraft -- a more budget-friendly proposition than spending tens of billions of dollars developing such systems itself, as it had done for decades -- was begun under the presidency of George W. Bush for cargo, and then under Barack Obama for human flight.
The New York Times
· SpaceX Launch of NASA Astronauts Is Postponed Over Weather →
For the spacecraft to be able to meet up with the International Space Station passing overhead, liftoff must occur at a precise moment.
· SpaceX Nasa launch: Video shows astronauts saying goodbye to their families before mission postponed →
Due to the unique nature of the launch, it is currently unknown how long Behnken and Hurley will be in space, according to CBS News, which reported that the “spacecraft can remain aloft of up to 120 days, but the crew might come down earlier depending on landing weather and a variety of other factors.”
· Ivanka Trump wears face mask at delayed Nasa SpaceX launch after president mocked it as 'politically correct' →
The Trump family was in Florida to watch the first manned launch of the Elon Musk's SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with the Crew Dragon spacecraft.
The New York Times
· Trump Arrives in Cape Canaveral in Search of a New Heroic Narrative →
The astronauts were ferried to the launchpad in a NASA-branded Tesla built by Mr. Musk’s company, then boarded a Crew Dragon spacecraft built by Mr. Musk’s other company mounted atop one of his Falcon 9 rockets.
· Up close with the fresh new spacesuits astronauts will soon wear in orbit for the first time →
Inside the first American spacecraft to take humans to orbit since the Space Shuttle, launching today, are, well, humans.
· Tropical storm threatens landmark SpaceX-Nasa launch →
Since the shuttle Atlantis touched down for the final time in 2011, the US has had no capability to launch astronauts into orbit, purchasing seats instead from the Russian space agency aboard Soyuz spacecraft to ferry crew to the International Space Station.
· Bob and Doug, the best friends on historic SpaceX-NASA mission →
The bond of friendship that unites the two men is an obvious asset for such a risky mission, where they each might have to take control of the spacecraft that is set to auto pilot by default.