CAPE CANAVERAL (CBSMiami/AP) — Packed with more than two tons of supplies for the International Space Station, an unmanned SpaceX rocket is on a launch pad at Cape Canaveral ready to go.
The cargo capsule is scheduled to lift off Monday at 4:58 p.m.READ MORE: COVID In Florida: Cases, Positivity Rates, Deaths Rise Amid Coronavirus Surge
NASA spent much of the weekend debating whether to proceed with the launch. A critical backup computer failed outside the space station Friday. Mission managers decided Sunday to stick with the plan after making sure everything would be safe.READ MORE: 'Biggest Tragedy Is Preventable Loss Of Life': Memorial Healthcare System Chief Urges Public To Get COVID Vaccine
The Dragon supply ship holds a gasket-like material for next week’s computer replacement. Spacewalking astronauts will perform the job April 22. This new material was rushed to the launch site following the computer outage.
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