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Wallops Island rocket launch postponed

11 November 2017

With Saturday's scrub, the Cygnus supply ship's arrival at the space station will move back one day until Tuesday. And for this launch, the company is using its own rocket, the Antares, which hasn't seen any action since previous year.

The launch of an Orbital ATK Antares rocket from NASA's Wallops Island Flight Facility in Virginia is scheduled for 7:37 a.m. Saturday, and, weather permitting, will be visible from CT to North Carolina. Mostly clear skies and light winds will continue to be in the forecast Sunday, and there is less than a 5 percent chance weather will violate any of the Antares rocket's constraints.

Crews aboard ISS will use a robotic arm to "capture" the spacecraft after it detaches from the rocket.

That research includes investigations into bacterial antibiotic resistance in space, something that is important for the health of astronauts now and in the future. These two pieces of research and technology are just a couple that will be sent up of many, including two student experiments.

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The launch may be hard to see from farther away since it is happening during the day. The first and most reliable and accessible way is via a live stream that will be available online as well as at the bottom of this article.

Another launch attempt is set for 7:14 a.m. EST (1214 GMT) Sunday from pad 0A at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia's Eastern Shore. NASA's coverage of the event begins at 7AM ET. The visitor center is set to open at 3:30 a.m. EST on Saturday.

The mission is a part of Orbital ATK's Commercial Resupply Services with NASA. It's scheduled to arrive at the station early Monday morning. The FlightAware website showed several commercial jets in transit over the Atlantic Ocean east and southeast of the launch site, but it was not known if any of them were to blame.

Wallops Island rocket launch postponed