A historic joint space launch between NASA and Elon Musk’s company SpaceX that was scheduled for Saturday has been postponed until Sunday because of winds, a NASA official said Friday.
The mission, dubbed “Crew-1,” will rocket four astronauts to the International Space Station from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
The mission will be the culmination of a NASA program that has sought to send astronauts to the space station using vessels and equipment developed by private companies. In this case, the vessel was developed by SpaceX, the space exploration company founded by Elon Musk.
The mission will also bring manned space launches back to the US for the first time in nearly a decade. Since the end of NASA’s space shuttle program in 2011, the US has relied on Russian spacecraft to rocket American astronauts into space.
Sunday’s launch will hopefully be the start of regular crew rotations from American soil using private companies for lifts