NASA eyes weather for Friday’s Crew-7 launch. Here’s how it’s looking

NASA and SpaceX are on the brink of sending a team of four astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) as part of the upcoming Crew-7 mission.

The crew is composed of Jasmin Moghbeli from NASA, Andreas Mogensen representing ESA (European Space Agency), Satoshi Furukawa hailing from JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency), and Konstantin Borisov representing Russia’s Roscosmos space agency. Their mission will involve a six-month stay, during which they will reside and operate on the space station, situated approximately 250 miles above the Earth’s surface.

NASA and SpaceX are aiming for a launch at 3:49 a.m. ET on Friday, August 25, from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

With preparations now in their final stages, the mission team is closely monitoring the weather conditions not only around the launch site but also along the planned flight path of the Falcon 9 rocket.

As per the latest weather update from the 45th Weather Squadron, the likelihood of weather-related factors affecting the planned Friday launch time is estimated at a mere 15%. This suggests a high probability that the Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon spacecraft, carrying the four astronauts, will launch as scheduled.

The 45th Weather Squadron has labeled the potential for rain and storms around the launch site before liftoff as “low.” Wind speeds during liftoff are predicted to be at most 15 mph (24 kph).

While drifting cumulus clouds are noted as a potential consideration, at this juncture, they seem unlikely to disrupt the current launch timetable.

For comprehensive details on watching the mission’s early hours on Friday, you can rely on Digital Trends. In case of technical issues or any unforeseen weather hindrances, backup launch opportunities are set for Saturday and Sunday. To stay up-to-date with the latest mission developments, be sure to follow SpaceX’s social media updates.

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