SpaceX Will Try Again Friday

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (April 16, 2014) SpaceX, which tests its rocket motors at its facility in McGregor west of Waco, is shooting for another launch attempt Friday to the International Space Station.

NASA confirmed the launch date on Wednesday, two days after a last-minute rocket leak delayed the delivery mission.

Stormy weather, however, is possible Friday.

Saturday is the backup launch date.

Mission Control rescheduled urgent spacewalking repairs because of the new launch time.

The two U.S. astronauts originally planned a spacewalk Tuesday to replace a backup computer that failed late last week.

If SpaceX launches Friday from Cape Canaveral, the spacewalk will be moved to next Wednesday.

A Saturday launch would bump the spacewalk up to Easter Sunday.

The Dragon capsule contains more than 2 tons of supplies, including material that would prove useful for the repair, but the cargo isn’t essential.

The launch Friday is scheduled for 2:25 p.m. CDT.


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