NH1 News Debates


Feb 10, 2015 5:57 PM

High wind scraps SpaceX observatory launch, rocket landing

The Associated Press

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) Dangerously high wind is keeping a deep-space observatory grounded for yet another day.

SpaceX called off Tuesday evening's planned launch of the Deep Space Climate Observatory, with just 12 minutes remaining in the countdown. Wind gusts reached 115 mph several miles up, a safety concern.

It was the company's second attempt in three days to launch the spacecraft first envisioned by former Vice President Al Gore.

SpaceX must launch the observatory by Wednesday or face a delay until Feb. 20.

Just as exciting as liftoff will be the company's effort to land the leftover first-stage booster on an ocean platform. SpaceX's billionaire founder Elon Musk wants to eventually reuse his rockets, and that means getting them back intact.


--  Dealing with the Disease of Addiction? Click here for help --

More from NH1.com

NH1 News Debates
NH1 News Replay

NH1 on Twitter

NH1 SkyView Cameras

NH1 on Facebook

Check out NH1 News Rail Polls on LockerDome on LockerDome