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Puffy 'cotton ball' clouds are a rocket launch's most common nightmare. Here's why they delayed SpaceX's historic flight

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SpaceX's first launch of NASA astronauts was scrubbed on Wednesday because of poor weather. The next attempt is scheduled for Saturday.
Rockets launching through puffy cumulus clouds can trigger lightning strikes, endangering the astronauts they carry.
Those "cotton ball" clouds are weather's "biggest threats" to rocket launches, according to Jason Fontenot, the commander who oversees weather monitoring for the mission.
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