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NASA again delays SpaceX Crew-3 launch due to weather

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NASA astronaut Kayla Barron, center, answers questions during a news conference with astronauts Tom Marshburn, left, and Raja Chari after they arrived at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021. The mission with a crew of four astronauts will launch aboard a Crew Dragon spacecraft on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Kennedy Space Center Launch Complex 39A early Sunday morning to the International Space Station. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

NASA will not launch it’s SpaceX Crew-3 mission from the Kennedy Space Center this weekend and is instead considering bringing the astronauts from Crew-2 back to Earth before launching the new crew.

The Crew-3 mission was initially supposed to launch on Halloween, but that had to be delayed due to poor weather conditions.

NASA pushed the launch back again earlier this week because a crew member had a “minor medical issue” not related to COVID-19.

As of Thursday, NASA says that medical issue is still being monitored but is “expected to be clear prior to launch.”

When the second delay happened, it was announced that the earliest possible launch opportunity would be late Saturday, Nov. 6.

But according to a new update from NASA, that won’t be happening because weather conditions don’t appear favorable this weekend.

“Weather officials with the 45th Weather Squadron forecast only a 40% chance of favorable launch weather on Saturday, Nov. 6, with the primary concerns resolving around liftoff winds, cumulus clouds, and surface electric field constraints,” the agency said. “The down range weather also is not acceptable on Sunday, Nov. 7 due to high risks associated with launch abort sites up the eastern seaboard.

The space agency now says it is reviewing launch opportunities for Crew-3, as well as return opportunities for Crew-2, and will not launch a mission this weekend.