Major solar flare won’t delay SpaceX Crew-3 astronaut launch on Halloween, NASA says

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA officials said today that the SpaceX’s Halloween astronaut launch for the agency will not be affected by a massive solar flare that’s scheduled to reach Earth this weekend. 

The launch is set to blast off at 2:21 a.m. EDT (0621 GMT) on Sunday (Oct. 31), and you can watch the launch and prelaunch action live at As part of the mission, four astronauts — NASA astronauts Raja Chari, Tom Marshburn, and Kayla Barron along with European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Matthias Maurer — will strap into a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule and blast off on a six-month mission to the International Space Station (ISS). 

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