Monday morning marked a historic moment as SpaceX launched its Crew-6 mission to the International Space Station (ISS). The four-man crew, comprised of NASA astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon Walker, as well as Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi, were set to take off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 7:27 AM EST.
However, just moments before the launch, SpaceX aborted the mission due to a technical issue. NASA and SpaceX are now assessing the situation and are working to determine the cause of the issue.
The mission was supposed to be the first of the year for the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft. It was also set to be the first mission to the ISS to include a crew member from the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Sultan Al Neyadi, a UAE astronaut, was set to be part of the mission. He was to be the first Emirati to travel to space and the first Arab space traveler since Saudi Prince Sultan bin Salman in 1985.
NASA has given the go-ahead for a manned launch to the ISS on Monday morning. The mission is expected to be the first of several planned missions this year as part of the Commercial Crew Program.
The mission will be broadcast live on NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, as well as on Gizmodo and Gulf News. Viewers can also stay up to date with the latest news and updates on USNN.