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Florida space launch postponed

An historic space mission scheduled to take off from Florida yesterday afternoon has been postponed until the weekend.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration launch was rescheduled because of bad weather.

Nasa is to use a private company, SpaceX, for the first time to transport astronauts to the International Space Station in a Falcon 9 rocket.

The new scheduled launch is tomorrow at 4.22pm Bermuda time.

Nasa uses a tracking station based at Cooper's Island in St David's to monitor launches.

Photographers on the island have captured images of SpaceX rockets on earlier missions.

However, Bermuda Maritime Operations said the daytime launch from the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida was unlikely to be visible from Bermuda.

A spokesman added; “I would very much doubt it.”

Launches from Florida in the past have sparked calls to Bermuda Maritime Operations from worried residents.

But daylight will reduce the prospect of spacecraft sightings, which will blast off on a northeasterly trajectory.

Lift-off: the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will be launching on Saturday, with the help of Bermuda (File photograph by Craig Bailey/Florida Today/AP)

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Published May 28, 2020 at 9:00 am (Updated May 28, 2020 at 3:58 pm)

Florida space launch postponed

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