Tropical Depression Nicole delays NASA and SpaceX launches
Tropical Depression Nicole scaled back plans by NASA and SpaceX to launch their 26th commercial resupply mission to the International Space Station, forcing it to move the date to November 21.
SpaceX, run by a billionaire and new Twitter owner Elon Muskoriginally intended to launch its Dragon cargo spacecraft atop a Falcon 9 rocket from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on November 18, but with the arrival of Tropical Depression Nicole, the space agency is pushing for a date no earlier than November. 21.
Nicole made landfall south of Vero Beach, Florida with sustained winds of 75 mph, making it a Category 1 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.
At least two people have been blamed for the deaths, according to Fox Weather, who were electrocuted when they came across a downed power line in Orlando.
The storm brought strong waves along Florida’s east coast that caused significant erosion and caused the collapse of several buildings.
Coastal flooding was also a problem with TropicalDepression Nicole. In fact, one NOAA tide gauge in Port Canaveral, Florida recorded a rise of 3.6 above average tide on Thursday morning.
As of Thursday evening, the center of the tropical cyclone was 40 miles southeast of Tallahassee, Florida, with sustained winds of 40 miles per hour.
As the storm moves north, NASA and SpaceX can begin preparations for their resupply mission later this month.
The payload will include the Lunar Microscope, which NASA said is a portable hand-held microscope that allows astronauts to collect a blood sample and obtain images that can be sent to surgeons on Earth to diagnose diseases.
The Dragon will also send new science experiments, supplies and equipment for the crew, including a study on growing dwarf tomatoes in space.
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