Good morning from Kennedy Space Center in Florida where a research equipment-and-cargo-laden Dragon spacecraft is being readied to head off the Earth so International Space Station astronauts can conduct science for the Earth as well as the Journey to Mars. Launch time today is 4:33 p.m. EDT from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station adjacent to Kennedy. The launch window is instantaneous for the Falcon 9 rocket that will loft the Dragon into space on course for the station. Both the rocket and spacecraft are products of SpaceX.
The weather remains the primary concern for today with the most recent report calling for a 60 percent chance of acceptable conditions at launch time. Our continuous countdown coverage will begin at 3:30 p.m. EDT, with NASA TV’s commentary beginning at the same time. You can watch NASA TV here on the Launch Blog or log on at www.nasa.gov/ntv. Thanks for checking in!