Hur­ri­cane may de­lay space­craft

Sunday Territorian - - WORLD -

THE first US astro­nauts to reach the In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion on an Amer­i­can space­craft in nearly a decade might not come home this week­end as sched­uled be­cause of Hur­ri­cane Isa­ias, NASA said.

Bob Behnken and Doug Hur­ley blasted off from Cape Canaveral on May 30 on board a SpaceX Crew Dragon, and are sup­posed to splash down off the coast of Florida on Sun­day af­ter­noon.

For now, un­dock­ing re­mains sched­uled for Satur­day, and splash­down on Sun­day.

But NASA said it was keep­ing a watch­ful eye on Hur­ri­cane Isa­ias – a cat­e­gory one storm that bat­tered the Ba­hamas on Fri­day and was churn­ing to­wards Florida – and would make a fi­nal call about six hours prior to un­dock­ing. The po­ten­tial splash­down sites are in the Gulf of Mex­ico and along Florida’s At­lantic coast.

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