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Cygnus is scheduled to launch on the Antares rocket at 8:03 p.m. Sunday. It will carry 5,100 pounds of cargo to the International Space Station.


A rocket launch off the coast of Virginia that officials said might be visible from New Jersey has been postponed from Sunday to Monday night, NASA announced. 

The Cygnus cargo spacecraft, intended to resupply the International Space Station, was to be deployed from an Antares rocket set to launch shortly after 8 p.m. on Sunday.

NASA said Sunday's scheduled launch was itself a rain date due to Hurricane Nicole.

Now, Cygnus will not go up at least until 7:40 p.m. on Monday, the space agency's website stated.

"The launch has been delayed to no earlier than Oct. 17 at 7:40 p.m. EDT.," NASA stated.

It was not clear from NASA's announcement of the delay whether the weather was once again to blame. Spokespeople for the agency did not immediately respond to calls and emails.

After liftoff, the rocket is to head southeast, away from the Atlantic coast of the United States, as it begins its re-supply journey to the space station with 5,100 pounds of cargo.

New Jersey viewers should look south-southwest to see what will look like a bright, moving star, according to a report in

Weather permitting, the ship should be visible in the southern half of the state about 90 seconds after launch, and visible in the northern half of New Jersey about 2 minutes after launch.

The launch is from NASA's Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) in Wallops Island, Va. NASA TV will also broadcast the launch online.


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