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03/02/2024 | News release | Distributed by Public on 03/02/2024 19:18

NASA, SpaceX Target Crew-8 Launch for Sunday, March 3 on Weather Concerns

NASA and SpaceX now are targeting 10:53 p.m. EST Sunday, March 3, for the launch of the agency's Crew-8 mission to the International Space Station. Joint teams selected the updated launch opportunity due to unfavorable weather conditions forecast for Saturday, March 2, both at the launch site and in offshore areas along the flight track of the Dragon spacecraft. High wind and waves along the eastern seaboard have been observed and are forecast to continue through Saturday. In the unlikely case of an abort during launch or the flight of Dragon, the wind and wave conditions must be within acceptable conditions for the safe recovery of the crew and spacecraft.

The live broadcast of the mission - including liftoff and postlaunch milestones - will air on NASA Television and the agency's website beginning at 6:45 p.m. EST. Coverage of the docking will begin at 1 a.m. on Tuesday, March 5, for a docking scheduled at approximately 3 a.m.

The Dragon spacecraft carrying NASA astronauts Matthew Dominick, commander; Michael Barratt, pilot; and Jeanette Epps, mission specialist; as well as Roscosmos cosmonaut mission specialist Alexander Grebenkin, will launch to the International Space Station on the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Kennedy's Launch Complex 39A as part of NASA's Commercial Crew Program.

We'll keep you updated on the key milestones throughout this mission. Details about the mission and NASA's Commercial Crew Program can be found by following the Crew-8 blog, the commercial crew blog, X, and Facebook.