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Stray plane delays rocket launch to International Space Station

11 November 2017

The rocket was originally scheduled to launch at 7 a.m. on Saturday, November 11.

The mission will be the eighth for Orbital ATK, which has a $1.9 billion-dollar contract with NASA to resupply the space station over several years.

Sunday's 7:14 a.m. launch should be visible as far north as Boston and as far south as Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

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Just moments before the Antares rocket was to blast off, carrying the Cygnus cargo ship at 7:37 am (1237 GMT), mission control called, "Abort, abort, abort!"

The culprit, a small personal aircraft that entered the restricted airspace was within a 6 miles (10 kilometers) offshore flying at an altitude of about 500 feet, which could have been unsafe for the lift-off.

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A supply run to the International Space Station has been delayed a day by a stray plane.

There is a catch for anyone who heads outside to witness it: Saturday morning will be frigid, possibly coming off a record low temperature for the date. As with Saturday's attempt, NASA TV will live-stream the event at The spacecraft will remain attached to the ISS for one month.

The cargo will help researchers conduct studies on how space's microgravity affects the E.coli bacteria's resistance to antibiotics.

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In October 2014, similar Antares rocket launch to ISS exploded in its lift-off stage.

Stray plane delays rocket launch to International Space Station