Tornado warnings force NASA to cancel landmark mission with Elon Musk's SpaceX

Elon Musk's SpaceX Launches NASA Astronauts To ISS, Watch Live

According to the NASA, Behnken and Hurley were among the first astronauts to begin working and training on SpaceX's next-generation human space vehicle and were selected for their "extensive test pilot and flight experience, including several missions on the space shuttle".

The rescheduled launch will be the first in Florida in nine years with astronauts on board and a first for a private company.

The first manned mission to space from USA soil since 2011 has been scrubbed at the last minute due to inclement weather, ending a day of excitement for NASA, SpaceX, and a public eager to see crewed spaceflight return to America. Although the launch was called off due to bad weather, the astronauts' new "spacesuits" have attracted attention for their sleek, Tesla-fied, Tony Stark-esque kind of vibe.

Mr Hurley said: "We could see some raindrops on the windows and just figured that whatever it was, was too close to the launch pad at the time we needed it not to be". Now we'll have to wait until at least Saturday.

After giving thumbs-up signs at the launch pad, the duo made their way up an 80m tower to the crew access arm, a bridge that leads to the capsule atop the Falcon 9 rocket. "That's just part of the deal".

On the eve of the launch, Nasa administrator Jim Bridenstine said from Kennedy Space Centre that both the space agency and SpaceX have been diligent about making sure everyone in the launch loop knows they're free to halt the countdown if there is a concern.

If SpaceX does not launch during Wednesday's split-second window, the next try would be Saturday.

Among those in attendance at KSC were President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, who arrived separately earlier in the day in the hopes of seeing the first crewed orbital launch from the United States since the final shuttle mission, STS-135, in July 2011. "If we are not ready to go, we simply do not go. I am proud, so proud, of our teams working together to make the right decision in this particular case".

Thunderstorms had threatened a delay for much of the day, and the atmosphere eventually became so electrically charged that the astronauts risked getting the ship struck by a bolt of lightning.

SpaceX and NASA are also closely monitoring Atlantic weather conditions.

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