Rocket launch scheduled for Sunday morning

Credit NASA  Patrick Black

Credit NASA Patrick Black

First in 2017 mission of Antares rocket seemed to reaching successful final, but in the last minute before igniting its two powerful RD-181 engines, mission control center made a decision to abort mission and scrub launch.

"The launch of Orbital ATK's Antares rocket carrying the Cygnus cargo spacecraft has scrubbed for Saturday after an aircraft was detected in the vicinity of the launch pad", said NASA in a statement.

In a later tweet, it was confirmed that the spacecraft remains "healthy" and is all set to launch.

A rocket launch on Virginia's Eastern Shore should be visible across Northern Virginia on Saturday morning. Depending on the weather, the rocket may possibly be seen from CT to South Carolina-but there's a catch. "But near range, it should be plenty viewable".

When it happens, the launch will be Orbital's eighth launch under its NASA contract, originally valued at $1.9 billion.

There is a catch for anyone who heads outside to witness it: Saturday morning will be frigid, possibly coming off a record low temperature for the date. However, the unexpected aircraft quickly altered plans.

The ISS cargo resupply mission was rescheduled to launch to the International Space Station on Sunday, Nov. 12 just few minutes before the launch when an aircraft entered no-fly zone over the launch site at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility.

Sunday's launch will be Orbital ATK's fourth ISS resupply mission. The first mission happened on October 17, 2016, after a failed attempt two years prior.

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