First lady Melania Trump accompanied President Trump Wednesday as they headed to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida to witness a historic launch of America’s first manned space mission from U.S. soil before the mission was scrubbed due to incriminating weather.
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Upon arriving at the NASA’s Florida headquarters both Melania and President Trump met up with Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence to tour the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Facility at the Kennedy Space Center. Trump was asked by reporters if he has a message to the two American astronauts before sending them off to space.
“Good luck, God be with you, it’s a dangerous business, but they’re the best there is,” Trump message to NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley.
Pence said it was a moment when “we will again send American astronauts to space on an American rocket from American soil.”
The rocket will take off from “Pad 39A,” a historic facility site that has been the starting point of missions dating back to the Apollo era and Neil Armstrong for their historic first moon landing in 1969. SpaceX, owned by tech billionaire Elon Musk is currently leasing the launch pad from NASA. The SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is a spacecraft built by a private company is a first for NASA as it is the first time a privately developed spacecraft will launch humans into Earth’s orbit.
NASA has paid SpaceX a total of more than $3 billion via a fixed-price to build and test Crew Dragon. The deal was considered a bargain compared to previous NASA programs.
A tornado warning was issued by the National Weather Service for Brevard County, the location of Kennedy Space Center with less than three hours to go before the launch. Lift-off was scheduled for 4:33 p.m., but at 4:17 p.m. the mission was scrubbed. It has been rescheduled for Saturday, May 30, at 3:22 p.m.
“Due to the weather conditions, the launch is scrubbing,” NASA wrote. “Our next opportunity will be Saturday, May 30 at 3:22 pm ET.”
President Trump vowed to return to Florida Saturday to watch NASA’s second attempt to launch SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon capsule.
“Thank you to @NASA and @SpaceX for their hard work and leadership,” the president tweeted. “Look forward to being back with you on Saturday!”
Vice President Mike Pence, who was also in Florida Wednesday, tweeted that he too would be returning for Saturday’s expected launch.
“President @realDonaldTrump and I will be back at @NASAKennedy this Saturday to watch History in the Making as we send American Astronauts back to Space on an American Rocket for the first time in nearly 10 years! #LaunchAmerica,” Pence tweeted.
Wednesday event was also attended by President Trump’s three eldest children, Don Jr., Ivanka, and Eric along with their significant others. Ivanka also brought two of her three children along for the launch viewing.Azzedine AlaïaDiorFashionKaren PenceManolo BlahnikMelania TrumpNASAPolitical FashionPresident TrumpSpace XVice President Mike PenceWhat Melania Wore