On Wednesday, despite the tornado warning, rolling thunderstorms, and the risks of COVID-19 contamination, numerous spectators went out to watch the first launch attempt.
Images provided by local news outlets showed huge crowds and few numbers of people following CDC guidelines. Jim Bridenstine, the NASA administrator, said that he hopes this launch will motivate and spread positivity during the ongoing health crisis.
Bridenstine and SpaceX chief operating officer Gwynne Shotwell previously asked the public to follow the launch on television in order to prevent crowds of spectators from triggering a COVID-19 outbreak.
More people are expected to go out for the weekend launch attempt. In Florida, restrictions continue to loosen despite the increase in confirmed cases of COVID-19 within the state.