Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) – The “Falcon 9” rocket carrying the “Crew 6” mission into space, which includes Emirati astronaut Sultan Al Neyadi, was launched in the “longest Arab mission” to space.
After the launch of the rocket carrying the “Dragon” vehicle was postponed on Monday, SpaceX made a second launch attempt on Thursday, and that operation was successful, as the mission is scheduled to last 6 months.
Monday’s launch was delayed two minutes before launch due to a problem with the ignition fluid used to power the engines of the rocket, which lifted off Thursday from NASA’s Kennedy Space Station in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
“Today’s launch of the ‘Crew6’ mission has been delayed due to an issue with Earth systems. Get ready for details on the new launch date and time,” the tweet, posted by NASA on Monday, read.
Al-Neyadi wrote after the flight was postponed on his documented page on Twitter: “I promised my children to return quickly, and I did not mean to return so quickly! In general, our crew is fine and our spirits are high. Postponing the launch is one of the things we always train for, as the safety of the crew comes before everything,” he said.
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