Misbehaving sun delays space station supply flight
by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer
January 08, 2014 12:30 PM | 316 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
This photo provided by NASA, an Orbital Sciences Corporation Antares rocket sits on launch Pad-0A during sunrise at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, Wallops Island, Va. Orbital Sciences Corp. decided to scrub today’s launch attempt of the Antares rocket and the Cygnus cargo spacecraft on the company’s first resupply mission to the International Space Station. (AP Photo/NASA, Bill Ingalls)
This photo provided by NASA, an Orbital Sciences Corporation Antares rocket sits on launch Pad-0A during sunrise at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, Wallops Island, Va. Orbital Sciences Corp. decided to scrub today’s launch attempt of the Antares rocket and the Cygnus cargo spacecraft on the company’s first resupply mission to the International Space Station. (AP Photo/NASA, Bill Ingalls)
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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Blame the sun.

A Virginia company is delaying a space station delivery mission because of a major solar flare.

Orbital Sciences Corp.'s unmanned rocket, the Antares, was supposed to blast off Thursday from Wallops Island, Va., with a capsule full of supplies and experiments. But on Wednesday, the company postponed the launch for fear solar particles could doom the rocket.

Officials for Orbital Sciences say solar particles might interfere with electronic equipment in the rocket, and lead to a launch failure.

The solar flare peaked Tuesday afternoon. But more solar disturbance is expected. Officials will decide late Wednesday afternoon whether to attempt a Thursday launch or wait for the sun to settle down.

NASA says the solar activity poses no threat to the six men aboard the International Space Station.



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