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Wallops Island rocket launch postponed

Saturday morning's launch was scrubbed after an aircraft was detected in the vicinity of the launch pad. The space transportation company has been awarded a second resupply contract from NASA, which is expected to continue launches from Virginia for several more years.

"Results from this investigation could contribute to determining appropriate antibiotic dosages to protect astronaut health during long-duration human spaceflight and help us understand how antibiotic effectiveness may change as a function of stress on Earth", NASA said.

A space launch has been aborted just moments before lift-off after a small aircraft strayed into the rocket's hazard area.

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The Antares rocket will be carrying a Cygnus spacecraft, which will deliver 7,000 pounds of food, clothing, science experiments and other supplies to the ISS.

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.

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The next opportunity for launch is Sunday morning at 7:14.

The Antares launch operates under a commercial license issued by Federal Aviation Administration, which oversees the flight to ensure public safety.

A resupply mission is headed for the International Space Station this weekend.

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. The visitor center is set to open at 3:30 a.m. EST on Saturday.

Astronaut Paolo Nespoli will capture the automated cargo craft with the station's robotic arm around 4:45 a.m. EST (0945 GMT) Tuesday, around the same time a United Launch Alliance Delta 2 rocket is set to lift off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on an unrelated mission to loft a NOAA weather satellite into orbit.

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