BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. – SpaceX and NASA’s Crew-8 mission to the International Space Station will attempt to launch Sunday night after being scrubbed on Saturday.

The launch had originally been set for early Friday and was delayed to Saturday due to high winds forecast in the Falcon 9 rocket’s ascent corridor, or trajectory, from Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39. Saturday’s launch was scrubbed for the same reason, officials said.

NASA and SpaceX said they will now try to launch Sunday at 10:53 p.m. with a 75% chance for favorable weather.

A backup opportunity is available at 10:31 p.m. Monday if needed. According to the 45th Weather Squadron, the chance for favorable weather at launch time would increase to 80% in the event of a 24-hour delay.

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NASA astronauts Matthew Dominick, commander; Michael Barratt, pilot; and Jeanette Epps, mission specialist, will join Roscosmos cosmonaut Alexander Grebenkin, also a mission specialist, in the same SpaceX Crew Dragon Endeavour capsule that was used for the Demo-2, Crew-2 and Crew-6 flights, as well as Axiom Mission 1.

The four will focus on more than 200 science experiments at the space station, including studies of motion sickness and human movement in microgravity, according to NASA.

After stage separation, the Falcon 9 rocket’s first stage will attempt to touch down at Landing Zone 1 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.

ClickOrlando.com will stream the launch live at the top of this story when coverage begins.


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Brandon Hogan, Jacob Langston

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