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SpaceX test-fires crew rocket as teams monitor downrange abort zone weather

1 month ago   |   By Spaceflight Now


SpaceX test-fired a Falcon 9 rocket at NASA's Kennedy Space Center early Thursday, checking off another box on the pre-flight checklist before liftoff Sunday with a four-person crew heading for the International Space Station.
But a weather forecast shows a high risk that winds or waves int the Atlantic Ocean could force a launch delay.
The test-firing early Thursday paved the way for a dress rehearsal Thursday night with the four astronauts preparing to ride the Falcon 9 and Crew Dragon capsule to the space station.
NASA commander Raja Chari, pilot Tom Marshburn, and mission specialists...
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