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SpaceX, NASA eye Crew-1 launch weather after successful dress rehearsal, static fire

Astronauts complete full dress rehearsal Thursday

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. – If you’re like us, then you’re probably anxiously waiting for the weekend as SpaceX prepares to launch their second spacecraft with astronauts on board into orbit -- that is if the weather agrees.

The ever-changing path of Tropical Storm Eta had been providing a “forecasting challenge” for Space Force weather officers as they try to determine what conditions will be like for SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket on Saturday.

Some Floridians woke up Thursday to what sounded like a monsoon outside their window as Eta dumped barrels of rain on the Sunshine State.

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NASA and SpaceX are closely watching the weather. Space Force Weather officials are predicting a 70% chance of favorable conditions for the launch window, an improvement from 60% over the last 24 hours. The primary concerns will be rain and cloud cover.

“Teams will continue monitoring weather conditions for liftoff and along the flight path,” SpaceX said in a tweet.

Ahead of Saturday’s launch, SpaceX performed a static test fire of their Falcon 9 rocket giving viewers a preview of what’s to come next.

The static fire is one of the last critical tests ahead of launch. It ensures all vehicle systems are working properly ahead of the countdown.

NASA astronauts Mike Hopkins, Victor Glover, Shannon Walker and Japanese Space Agency astronaut Soichi Noguchi completed a dress rehearsal on Thursday, taking all the steps they will on launch day.

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This has been a big week for SpaceX and one for the history books.

On Tuesday, NASA officially gave the Crew Dragon spacecraft human flight certification.

Mark your calendars, Crew-1 launch is scheduled for Nov. 14 at 7:49 p.m. from Kennedy Space Center.

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