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NASA gives OK for rocket test launch to proceed

Tuesday - 4/16/2013, 6:40pm  ET

BROCK VERGAKIS
Associated Press

ATLANTIC, Va. - NASA has given the OK for a private company to proceed with a test launch of a rocket that will eventually help carry cargo to the International Space Station.

Orbital Sciences Corp. plans to launch its Antares rocket from Wallops Island, Va., on Wednesday. The largest rocket to ever take off from Wallops Flight Facility could be visible during the evening rush hour in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and New York.

However, NASA said Tuesday there's only a 45 percent chance weather conditions will allow the rocket to launch. Orbital will try again on Thursday if the weather doesn't cooperate.

If successful sending a practice payload into orbit, Orbital will send a cargo ship to dock with the International Space Station this summer on a test run.


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