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After bad weather prevented a planned undocking Saturday, the world’s first all-private crew to the ISS must wait at least another day to depart the orbiting lab.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the company Axiom Space, and SpaceX, which is backing the private Ax-1 mission, called off plans to undock a SpaceX Dragon carrying its four-person crew due to unacceptably high winds at splashdown sites off the coast of Florida.

“At the conclusion of a weather briefing ahead of today’s planned undocking, NASA, Axiom Space, and SpaceX teams elected to wave off today’s undocking attempt due to a diurnal low wind trough which has been causing marginally high winds at the splashdown sites,” NASA officials wrote in an update Saturday. “The Axiom Mission 1 (Ax-1) crew is now targeting to undock from the International Space Station 8:55 p.m. EDT Sunday, April 24.”

On April 8, SpaceX’s Ax-1 mission launched to fly four commercial astronauts for Axiom Space, three paying passengers, on a short trip to the International Space Station. The crew includes a former National Aeronautics and Space Administration astronaut Michael López-Alegría and paying passengers Larry Connor, Mark Pathy, and Eytan Stibbe.

Mark Pathy, Eytan Stibbe, and Larry Connor are paying a reported $55,000,000 each for the flight.

Stay tuned for further updates.

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