SpaceX crewed mission postponed due to bad weather May 28, 2020 0 1060 12345 AFPWashingtonSpaceX’s landmark launch to the International Space Station was postponed on Wednesday due to poor weather with around 20 minutes to go until takeoff.“Unfortunately, we are not going to launch today,” SpaceX launch director Mike Taylor told NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley.The next launch window is on Saturday.Inclement weather threatened SpaceX’s launch into orbit of two NASA astronauts, a historic first for a privately-owned company and the first crewed mission to blast off from US soil in almost a decade.A thunderstorm lashed the Kennedy Space Center in the morning, and the National Hurricane Center announced a tropical storm was forming off South Carolina, presenting a possible risk if astronauts are forced to carry out an emergency landing in the Atlantic shortly after takeoff.Piloted by NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley, the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule will head for the International Space Station. The mission has proceeded despite shutdowns caused by the coronavirus pandemic, with the crew in quarantine for the past two weeks.Space Exploration Technologies Corp was founded in 2002, tearing up the rules to produce a lower-cost alternative to human spaceflight that has gradually won over skeptics.By 2012, it had become the first private company to dock a cargo capsule at the ISS, resupplying the station regularly ever since. Two years later, NASA ordered the next step: to transport its astronauts there, starting in 2017, by adapting the Dragon capsule. “SpaceX would not be here without NASA,” said Elon Musk, the head of SpaceX, last year, after a successful dress rehearsal without humans for the trip to the ISS. RELATED ARTICLES Virus hammers Latin America as Brazil nears 400,000 cases May 28, 2020 0 2141 We are still at the beginning of the pandemic: Germany’s Merkel May 28, 2020 0 680 Trump threatens to close down social media after ‘false tweets’ tagged May 28, 2020 0 1051 Sweden expresses dismay over grants in EU recovery plan STOCKHOLM: Sweden’s Prime Minister Stefan Lofven expressed disappointment on Wednesday over the high level of grants proposed in the European Union’s post-virus recovery fund. The proposed package consists of 500 .. Cyprus to pay medical bill if tourists catch virus NICOSIA: Cyprus hopes to attract tourists after its coronavirus lockdown by paying the medical costs of anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 while holidaying on the island, officials said on Wednesday. The plan was .. Poland to allow larger gatherings, no masks outdoors WARSAW: Poland will allow public gatherings of up to 150 people and no longer require residents to cover their mouth and nose in open spaces as of Saturday, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki announced on Wednesday as the .. Twenty-six held over migrant lorry tragedy in Britain BRUSSELS: Police in Belgium and France have arrested 26 suspected people smugglers over the deaths of 39 Vietnamese migrants in a refrigerated truck in Britain last year. The migrants -- 31 men and eight women -- were .. Do not prescribe hydroxychloroquine for COVID: France AFP Paris The French government said on Wednesday that doctors should no longer prescribe hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19 patients, an unproven and potentially harmful treatment for the disease nonetheless .. Spain govt under fire over Women’s Day March on eve of outbreak AFP Madrid Spain’s left-wing government was facing growing pressure on Wednesday after a damning report emerged criticising its decision to permit a huge March 8 rally in Madrid as the epidemic gathered pace. Spain has .. Peru reports record daily surge in virus cases LIMA: Peru on Tuesday recorded nearly 5,800 new cases of the coronavirus, its highest 24-hour surge, bringing the number of people infected in the country to almost 130,000, the health ministry said. The health ministry .. Moscow to ease lockdown from Monday as pandemic stabilises AFP Moscow Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin on Wednesday announced an easing of the Russian capital’s lockdown starting June 1 after the Kremlin said the coronavirus pandemic had passed its peak in the country. “Today we can ..