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Antares Rocket Launch Delayed Until Sunday

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The Orbital Sciences Corporation Antares rocket, with the Cygnus spacecraft aboard, stands at Launch Pad-0A, Thursday, July 10, 2014, at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. (Photo: NASA/Aubrey Gemignani) The Orbital Sciences Corporation Antares rocket, with the Cygnus spacecraft aboard, stands at Launch Pad-0A, Thursday, July 10, 2014, at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. (Photo: NASA/Aubrey Gemignani)
ATLANTIC, Va.- The launch of the Orbital Sciences Antares rocket that was scheduled for Saturday from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility, has been pushed back a day.

The rocket will now launch its Cygnus cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station at 12:52 p.m. Sunday. According to NASA, severe weather in the Wallops area has repeatedly interrupted Orbital's operations schedule leading up to the launch.

NASA Television coverage of Sunday's launch will begin at noon.

If Cygnus launches on Sunday, rendezvous will occur on Wednesday, July 16, with grapple scheduled at 6:37 a.m. Rendezvous coverage will begin at 5:15 a.m., followed by berthing coverage at 8:30 a.m.

Cygnus is filled with approximately 3,300 pounds of supplies for the station, including science experiments to expand the research capability of the Expedition 40 crew, crew provisions, spare parts and experiment hardware.

 


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