Tropical Depression Nicole put a damper on NASA and SpaceX plans to launch their 26th commercial resupply mission to the International Space Station, forcing them to push the date back to November 11. 21
SpaceX, which is run by billionaires and is new Twitter owner Elon Musk, which originally aimed to launch its Dragon cargo spacecraft on a Falcon 9 rocket from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on November 11, but the arrival of the now tropical depression Nicole leaves space agencies not considering a date before November 18 draw. 21
Nicole made landfall south of Vero Beach, Florida with sustained winds of 75 miles per hour, making it a Category 1 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.
It was blamed for the deaths of at least two people who were electrocuted when they encountered a downed power line in Orlando, according to Fox Weather.
The storm brought strong waves along Florida’s east coast, causing significant erosion and causing several buildings to collapse.
Coastal flooding was also an issue with Tropical Depression Nicole. In fact, a NOAA tide gauge in Port Canaveral, Fla., on Thursday morning recorded a 3.6 rise above the average high tide.
As of Thursday evening, the center of the tropical cyclone was 40 miles southeast of Tallahassee, Florida and had sustained winds of 40 miles per hour.
As the storm moves north NASA and SpaceX can begin preparations for their supply mission later this month.
The cargo will include a lunar microscope, which NASA says is a handheld, portable microscope that allows astronauts to take a blood sample and obtain images that can be sent to surgeons on the ground to diagnose illnesses.
The Dragon will also send new scientific experiments, supplies and crew equipment, including a study on growing dwarf tomatoes in space.