Hurricane may delay spacecraft
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.