NASA scrubs rocket launch because a plane flew too close

Credit NASA  Bill Ingalls

Credit NASA Bill Ingalls

Northern Virginia will be under a freeze warning at the time of the launch, with temperatures in the 20s, but the forecast currently predicts clear skies through Saturday. The next launch attempt is set for Sunday, Nov. 12 at 7:14 a.m. EST.

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

The S.S. Gene Cernan Cygnus will launch aboard an Antares launch vehicle for the sixth time from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia to deliver vital supplies and scientific equipment to the station as part of the space company's Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) contract with NASA.

NASA says the weather conditions are "90 percent favorable" for Sunday's scheduled launch. The spacecraft will remain attached to the ISS for one month.

Orbital ATK tweeted: "We were working no issues until an aircraft flew into restricted airspace".

The Cygnus is packed with about 7,400 pounds of crew supplies, groceries, science experiments and computer and spacewalking hardware.

"Scientists believe that the results of this experiment could help design effective countermeasures to protect astronauts' health during long-duration human space missions".

It's expected to arrive on November 14, at the earliest. Especially if you live East of I-95 and have an unobstructed view of the eastern horizon.

Little did they know they would be pushing back the launch anyway.

It prompted the postponement of the launch, which will now take place on Sunday morning.

In September, competitor Northrup Grumman announced plans to buy Orbital for $7.8 billion.

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