Orbital ATK, NASA, Launch Resupply To Space Station

Orbital ATK, NASA, Launch Resupply To Space Station

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.

Lastly, if you're somewhere along the East Coast of the United States during the launch, you might be able to see the rocket heading for the station after it launches from Wallops, if the weather works in your favor. The launch team loaded kerosene and liquid oxygen propellants into the first stage of the Antares booster, and a computer-controlled countdown sequencer took over for the final three minutes before liftoff.

"LC, LC, we are red", a member of the launch team told Adam Lewis, Orbital ATK's launch conductor. Eastern Time, but the launch was aborted "due to aircraft in the restricted area", according to the company's statement.

"Copy that", Lewis replied. The next launch attempt is set for Sunday, Nov. 12 at 7:14 a.m. EST. "Abort, abort, abort, this is LC on the countdown net, abort, abort, abort, proceed to the abort safing checklist".

The Orbital-ATK Antares 230 rocket, with the S.S. Gene Cernan Cygnus OA-8 spacecraft, was poised for liftoff from NASA's Wallops Island Flight facility this morning at 7:37 a.m.

Despite freezing temperatures in the upper 20s Fahrenheit, weather was not a problem during Saturday's countdown.

All systems were "green" for launch until a plane was spotted violating the launch zone, forcing a NASA mission controller to call "abort, abort, abort" and dashing hopes at the space agency and at Orbital ATK, where engineers and technicians had been working all night to prepare for it. ISS launches have only a brief window of opportunity.

There are several ways that those interested in viewing the launch can see it. The rocket was originally scheduled to launch at 7 a.m. on Saturday, November 11. The visitor center is set to open at 3:30 a.m. EST on Saturday.

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