Poor weather delays US space cargo launch to Friday

Northrop Grumman Antares rocket sits atop its launch pad at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island Va. Wednesday Nov. 14 2018

Northrop Grumman Antares rocket sits atop its launch pad at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island Va. Wednesday Nov. 14 2018

This handout photo released by Nasa on November 12, 2018, shows a Northrop Grumman Antares rocket arriving at Pad-0A at Nasa's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

The 4:23 am (0923 GMT) launch of the Cygnus supply capsule aboard a Northrop Grumman Antares rocket will mark the first such trip since a Soyuz rocket carrying three people failed last month.

An unmanned cargo rocket set to blast off from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility to the International Space Station has been postponed to Saturday morning due to the poor weather forecast. That same dismal weather forecast led mission managers to push the launch back another day.

You can watch the Antares launch live here, beginning at 3:30 a.m. EST (0835 GMT), courtesy of NASA TV.

Weather permitting, the rocket launch will be visible along the East Coast. Blastoff was originally scheduled for early Thursday morning. "The forecast for a launch Saturday is significantly improved with a less than five percent chance of weather conditions preventing a launch". "One caveat to Saturday however, is that the system expected to impact the Wallops region Thursday will drag a strong front across Bermuda on Friday into early Saturday, providing potentially heavy rainfall and strong winds there prior to the launch window."The space station resupply mission is the first since the botched launch of a Russian Soyuz rocket from Kazakhstan on October 11".

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The unmanned Cygnus cargo craft will lift off from Wallops Island along the Eastern Shore.

The Cygnus cargo ship is carrying about 7,400 pounds (3,356 kilograms) of new experiments, food and other supplies for the three-person Expedition 57 crew on the International Space Station, NASA officials said.

The Northrop Grumman Cygnus spacecraft has been dedicated to NASA astronaut and U.S. Navy officer John Young.

The Russian ship is scheduled to arrive at the orbiting outpost Sunday.

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