Crew-8 mission launch chances to the ISS are estimated at 90%

SpaceX is preparing to launch three NASA astronauts and one Roscosmos cosmonaut to the International Space Station (ISS). The Crew-8 mission is scheduled to launch on March 1 from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Members of Crew-8 on the background of the Falcon 9 rocket are preparing to be sent to the ISS. Photo: SpaceX

As with any other rocket launch, calm weather conditions at the spaceport and along the flight path are necessary to ensure the safety of the rocket and the people on board. NASA always turns to the 45th Meteorological Squadron for forecasts on the eve of launch, and currently it estimates the probability that the flight will take place on time at 90%.

In case of a delay, there are other possibilities to launch within the next two days. Although due to a slight worsening of weather conditions, the probability of launch will decrease to 75% on Saturday and 60% on Sunday.

Crew-8, which includes NASA astronauts Michael Barratt, Matthew Dominick, and Jeanette Epps, as well as Roscosmos cosmonaut Alexander Grebenkin, recently completed a full launch rehearsal on the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft. 

SpaceX will broadcast live the early stages of the mission, including the launch of the Falcon 9 rocket, the return of the first stage booster and the separation of the stages. Those who tune in to the broadcast will also be able to hear the conversations between the crew and the Mission Control Center.

If the rocket launches on time, the Crew Dragon spacecraft will dock with the ISS on Saturday, March 2, and two hours before that, NASA’s live broadcast will begin.

Earlier, we showed the flight of the Crew Dragon Axiom-3 over the Himalayas.

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