NASA changes SpaceX’s Crew-8 launch date again

Just days after NASA announced it was delaying the launch of SpaceX’s Crew-8 mission to the International Space Station (ISS) by a week, the agency again said that it was pushing back the launch date by as early as two more days. .

This means that the Crew-8 mission will now launch no later than Friday, March 1.

The schedule adjustment was prompted by the timing of Intuitive Mission’s IM-1 lunar mission, which kicked off Wednesday from the same Cape Canaveral launch pad that Crew-8 will use.

“The NASA and SpaceX teams have adjusted the Crew8 mission launch date to no earlier than Friday, March 1 at 12:04 ET,” the agency said in a post on social media on Thursday. “This shift follows the successful launch of the Intuitive Machines IM-1 spacecraft on February 15 on a robotic mission to land on the moon from Launch Complex 39A.”

The NASA and SpaceX teams have adjusted the launch date #Crew8 mission to NET Friday, March 1 at 12:04 ET.

This shift follows the successful launch of the Intuitive Machines IM-1 spacecraft on February 15 on a robotic mission to land on the Moon from Launch Complex 39A. pic.twitter.com/WWW3TA1jKg

— NASA Commercial Crew (@Commercial_Crew) February 15, 2024

The crew – NASA astronauts Jeanette Epps, Michael Barratt, and Matthew Dominick, along with Roscosmos cosmonaut Alexander Grebenkin – will launch on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Barratt has been to space twice before, while the others will be heading to space for the first time.

The launch is scheduled to take place about six months after Crew-7 launches to the ISS, and about six weeks after the last manned flight to the orbital outpost on a private mission organized by Texas-based Axiom Space.

The Crew-8 astronauts are expected to spend six months living and working on the space station orbiting about 250 miles above Earth.

SpaceX will livestream the launch and early stages of the Crew-8 mission. Be sure to check back for complete details on how to watch it.

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