Historic SpaceX launch scrubbed 20 minutes before liftoff

NASA was worried about lightning hitting the rocket and postponed the launch to Saturday afternoon with a 40% chance the weather will be OK at launch time.
1:35 | 05/28/20

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Transcript for Historic SpaceX launch scrubbed 20 minutes before liftoff
We turn to history on hold. With just minutes until liftoff, the first rocket launch from U.S. Soil in nearly a decade was scrubbed. Gio Benitez is in cape canaveral, Florida and mother nature just got in the way on this one. Reporter: It sure did, whit. Good morning to you. Listen, have you that spaceship right there. It is still on the launchpad and you've got that countdown clock now off. You know, this launch was scrubbed with just less than 20 minutes to go till liftoff there. Overnight astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug hurley sent out tweets thanking nasa and spacex saying they made the right decision. Now, president trump and vice president pence were here, in fact, air force one flew right by that launchpad and you can see that right there. That's air force one. Now the president says in a tweet that he's going to return on Saturday. And that's because that's the next time that they can try to launch this. Saturday at exactly 3:22 P.M. But I got to tell you, whit, the weather is not looking great. At least the forecast isn't looking great. We're looking at 40% chance right now of the weather being good enough for a launch, whit. 40% chance and so, gio, if the launch doesn't go on Saturday, when can we expect it to happen again? Reporter: Well, they have Sunday planned as well. But the forecast is not look great there either so if that doesn't happen on Sunday, then we're looking at a possible Tuesday launch, whit. Looks like you'll spend some time in cape canaveral, gio Benitez for us, thank you so much. We're hoping for the next launch on Saturday, again, you can watch take two of the shuttle launch on ABC and ABC newslive in partnership with nat geo on Saturday beginning at 3:00 P.M. Eastern.

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