Tropical Depression Nicole put a damper on plans for NASA and SpaceX to launch their 26th commercial mission to the International Space Station, forcing them to push the date back to November 21.
SpaceX, which is led by billionaire and the new owner of Twitter Elon Musk, first planned to launch its Dragon cargo ship atop a Falcon 9 rocket from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Nov. 18. leading, but the arrival now of Tropical Depression Nicole, Space agencies looking to the day has no earlier than November 21.
Nicole made landfall just south of Vero Beach, Florida with sustained winds of 75 mph, making it a Category 1 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale.
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The storm brought strong waves to the east coast of Florida which caused significant erosion and damage to several buildings.
Coastal flooding also flows with TropicalDepression Nicole. In fact, one NOAA tide gauge in Port Canaveral, Florida read 3.6 degrees above average tide on Thursday morning.
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As of Thursday evening, the center of the tropical cyclone was 40 miles east of Tallahassee, Florida with sustained winds of 40 mph.
As the storm tracks to the north, NASA and SpaceX can prepare for their mission request later this month.
The lunar payload will include the Microscope, which NASA said is a hand-portable microscope that allows astronauts to collect a blood sample and obtain images that can be sent to surgeons on Earth to diagnose diseases.
Dragon will also send new science experiments, supplies and equipment to astronauts, including the study of dwarf tomatoes growing in space.
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