CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – A strong solar storm is interfering with the latest grocery run to the International Space Station.
On the bright side, the orbiting lab has won a four-year extension, pushing its projected end-of-lifetime to at least 2024, a full decade from now.
“This is a big plus for us,” said NASA‘s human exploration chief, Bill Gerstenmaier.
On Wednesday, Orbital Sciences Corp. delayed its space station delivery mission for the third time.
Another launch attempt will be made Thursday afternoon.
The company’s unmanned rocket, the Antares, was set to blast off from Wallops Island, Virginia, with a capsule full of supplies and science experiments, including ants for an educational project. But several hours before Wednesday afternoon’s planned flight, company officials took the unusual step of postponing the launch for fear that solar radiation could…
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