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Rocket launch should be visible from Northern Virginia on Saturday

Rocket launch should be visible from Northern Virginia on Saturday

The rocket was originally scheduled to launch at 7 a.m. on Saturday, November 11.

The International Space Station is getting a delivery shipped from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia's Eastern Shore.

The space station re-supply mission Sunday morning could be visible from Richmond 90 seconds after liftoff!

NASA says it will try again at 6:14 a.m. Sunday.

Orbital ATK, one of NASA's chief suppliers, plans to launch the capsule at 7:37 a.m. Saturday aboard an unmanned Antares rocket.

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The supply run is being conducted by Orbital ATK, a private aerospace company based in Dulles, Virginia.

The culprit, a small personal aircraft that entered the restricted airspace was within a 6 miles (10 kilometers) offshore flying at an altitude of about 500 feet, which could have been unsafe for the lift-off. "We are now de-tanking and will be ready to go tomorrow morning".

The launch of @OrbitalATK's Antares rocket carrying the Cygnus cargo spacecraft has scrubbed for Saturday after an aircraft was detected in the vicinity of the launch pad.

Should skies remain clear, it was predicted the rocket launched would be seen from as far north as Boston to as far south as SC. If it had fallen to 20 degrees or cooler, engineers may have considered postponing the liftoff to head off the risk of any hardware freezing, an Orbital official said during a Friday press conference. And produced a memorable launch for Richmonders last October.

The public is also welcome to view the blastoff up close at the NASA Visitor Center at Wallops or online via NASA TV.