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Previously delayed rocket launch faces another setback, rescheduled

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This map shows the regions of visibility for Orbital ATK’s Antares rocket nighttime launch scheduled for 8:51 p.m. EDT on Friday, Oct. 14, 2016 from Wallops Island, Virginia. The launch may be visible from a wide region of the U.S. East Coast. Color bands denote the time after launch (in seconds) the rocket’s plume may be visible.

(Orbital ATK)

There won’t be any fire in the skies on Sunday because an equipment issue has again delayed the rocket launch that might be visible to millions of people on the East Coast, including in the midstate.

The Orbital ATK Antares rocket launch is now scheduled for 7:40 p.m. Monday. NASA said in a statement that the 24-hour delay is a result of an equipment issue during a pre-launch check.

The launch of the rocket and unmanned cargo ship, Cygnus, from Wallops Island, Virginia was originally scheduled for Oct. 14, but was delayed because of Tropical Storm Nicole. NASA TV will broadcast the launch live starting at 7 p.m. Monday.

If skies are clear, the launch should be visible to residents all along the East Coast, according to Space.com. In the midstate, the rocket should become visible just above the southern horizon about 2 minutes after launch.

Philadelphians might be able to see it 90 seconds after lift-off. It should appear in the sky around Pittsburgh roughly 3 minutes after it blasts off.

This will be the sixth trip the Orbital Sciences ship will make to resupply the International Space Station under a contract with NASA.


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