Wallops Island rocket launch postponed


Orbital ATK's Antares rocket is set to carry a capsule holding 7,400 pounds of cargo to the International Space Station (ISS), supplying six astronauts with fresh fruit, vegetables, ice cream bars and equipment for experiments.

Lift-off was set for 7:37 a.m.at Virginia's Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport on the Eastern Shore.

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There are many areas around Wallops Island to view the launch from, including the NASA Visitor Center which opens at 3:30 a.m. EST on Sunday.

Just moments before the Antares rocket was to blast off from Wallops Island, in the US state of Virginia, carrying the Cygnus cargo ship at 1337 Prague time, mission control called, "Abort, abort, abort!" FAA is investigating the incident. "We are now de-tanking and will be ready to go tomorrow morning".

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Temperatures at Wallops Island are forecast to be around 30 F on Saturday night ahead of the launch, but temperatures farther inland will drop into the 20s.

The next opportunity for launch is the morning of November 12 at 1314 Prague time. The spacecraft will remain attached to the ISS for one month.

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The cargo will help researchers conduct studies on how space's microgravity affects the E.coli bacteria's resistance to antibiotics. Orbital ATK will soon pass into the hands of defense contractor giant Northrop Grumman which has bought it for about $7.8 billion.