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SpaceX Falcon 9 tries again to make history at second attempt and Crew Dragon spacecraft could be visible over the UK shortly after take off




SpaceX Falcon 9 is set to take off on Saturday night and may be visible in the skies over Britain.

The launch was originally planned for Wednesday, May 27, but was cancelled due to unsafe weather conditions.

A SpaceX spokesperson said it was the strength of the magnetic fields in the atmosphere which made it unsafe to launch and could have triggered lightning if it went ahead.

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon before launch was cancelled on May 27. Image credit: NASA TV
SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon before launch was cancelled on May 27. Image credit: NASA TV

However, good weather allowing, the space craft is now scheduled to launch on Saturday, May 30, at 8:22pm UK time carrying two astronauts in a new Crew Dragon spacecraft.

The pair will be heading to the International Space Station, which will move into the perfect position for the craft to reach it from the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida at time of launch.

It is unclear whether SpaceX Falcon 9 will be visible from the UK. Unlike on Wednesday, when the craft would have been visible 15-20 minutes after launch, it may be more than an hour until we can see it pass over Europe.

This will make history as US company SpaceX, founded by Elon Musk, becomes the first private firm to see its product in space.

The last crewed orbital flight by NASA was in 2011, when its space shuttle Atlantis was launched for the last time before being retired to make way for new space programmes.



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