NASA and SpaceX have postponed the launch of the Crew-7 mission

(CNN) — NASA and SpaceX decided to postpone the planned Crew-7 joint mission to the International Space Station early Friday morning, the space agency said in a blog post.

The shuttle was scheduled to lift off from Kennedy Space Center at 3:50 a.m. Friday as part of NASA’s Commercial Group program, which pays private companies to fly astronauts to the station.

The release is now scheduled for Saturday, August 26 at 03:27 AM Miami time.

The reasons for the suspension were not immediately explained and the weather forecast was favorable.

In a social media post, SpaceX said it decided to delay the lift-off time because it “gives the teams more time to complete and discuss the analysis.”

“The vehicles are still healthy and the crew is ready to fly,” said a post shared on X, formerly known as Twitter.

During a live broadcast, NASA spokesman Rob Navias said, “Mission officials met and decided to delay the release of the Crew-7 crew for 24 hours to allow some more time to close some outstanding paperwork.”

The latest forecasts from the US Space Force, which oversees rocket launches, indicate a 95% chance of weather conditions favoring a launch on Saturday.

NASA astronaut Jasmine Mokbeli, European Space Agency astronaut Andreas Mogensen, Japan Space Agency astronaut Satoshi Furukawa and Roscosmos cosmonaut Konstantin Borisov are part of the traveling crew.

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