Meteorologists are calling for a 60 percent chance of acceptable conditions early Tuesday morning, Jan. 6, for the launch of the SpaceX cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station. The primary concern is for thick clouds developing over the Florida launch site at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station adjacent to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. Launch time is 6:20 a.m. EST.
We’ll begin our continuous countdown and launch coverage here and on NASA TV at 5 a.m. The mission is the fifth cargo flight for SpaceX and will see the company’s Falcon 9 rocket lift a Dragon spacecraft into orbit loaded with more than 3,700 pounds of scientific experiments, technology demonstrations and supplies, including critical materials to support 256 science and research investigations that will take place on the station during the station’s Expeditions 42 and 43.