SpaceX delays Crew-8 astronaut launch for NASA to March 2 due to bad weather

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SpaceX has delayed its first NASA astronaut launch of 2024 to no earlier than Saturday (March 2) due to offshore weather concerns near the mission’s Florida launch site. 

The four-astronaut SpaceX mission, called Crew-8, will now lift off on a Falcon 9 rocket no earlier than Saturday night at 11:16 p.m. EST (0416 on March 3 GMT) from Pad 39A of the U.S. space agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral. It’s the latest schedule slip for the launch, which was initially given a Feb. 22 launch date. 

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