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Elon Musk talks 'bogus' COVID-19 test ahead of SpaceX launch

Elon Musk talks 'bogus' COVID-19 test ahead of SpaceX launch Weather delays Crew-1 launch
Kristine Garrett | 15 November, 2020, 07:54

NASA added: "NASA astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover, and Shannon Walker, and astronaut Soichi Noguchi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) will head to the International Space Station for a six-month science mission in the Crew Dragon spacecraft, which will launch on the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A".

Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk's SpaceX will try to send four astronauts to the International Space Station on Sunday in NASA's first operational mission using a privately built vehicle to fly humans into orbit.

Sunday's mission is now slated to launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida at 7:27 p.m. EST.

Originally, the Crew-1 mission meant to start their journey on Saturday, but the launch has been pushed back to Sunday due to weather interference caused by Tropical Storm Eta.

NASA and SpaceX delayed the launch of their first regular commercial crew flight by a day because of weather conditions that could threaten recovery operations at sea if the Dragon capsule has to abort the flight during ascent.

SpaceX's first four-astronaut launch for NASA is going to have to wait at least an extra day to get off the ground.

Four astronauts - three Americans and one Japanese - are scheduled to rocket to the International Space Station on Sunday night.

Elon Musk talks 'bogus' COVID-19 test ahead of SpaceX launch

Whether Musk came into contact with the astronauts was unclear, but unlikely since the crew has been in routine quarantine for weeks prior to their flight on Saturday.

Former NASA astronaut Leroy Chiao discusses SpaceX launching more Starlink satellites, which aim to increase access to high-speed internet, as well as the growing space industry and his experience as an astronaut. "We take them very seriously", he said.

The effectiveness of either rapid antigen tests and PCR tests have been widely questioned over the course of the last few months, with many citizens and doctors raising eyebrows at similar phenomena witnessed by Musk.

The upcoming crew flight comes just three months after the end of the test flight with Hurley and Bob Behnken, both NASA astronauts.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration began its commercial crew program in 2010 to field a replacement for the shuttle.

The space agency is looking to save big by no longer having to buy seats on Russian Soyuz capsules for USA astronauts.

"When someone tests positive for COVID here at the Kennedy Space Center and across NASA, it is our policy for that person to quarantine and self-isolate, so we anticipate that will be taking place", Bridenstine, adding that he expected SpaceX to do any contract tracing.

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