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UPDATE: Strong Winds Push Back NASA Rocket Launch

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WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. - More than 100 spectators left Wallops Island disappointed after the Antares rocket launch was scrubbed for a second time in the past four days.

"I've never seen an actual rocket launch and I always wanted to," said Jim Miller of Hurlock, Md.

On Wednesday, Orbital Sciences said a small technical issue with an umbilical cord carrying data came unplugged just twelve minutes before take off, pushing Antares' debut to Saturday.

But after a weather review, NASA Wallops delayed the launch to 6:10 PM. An hour later, Orbital Sciences announced they were holding off for safety concerns.  

"One was a minor technical issue, this was weather. You can't control either one," said Barry Beneski, an Orbital Sciences spokesperson. "The [Wallops Range and Mission Mangement Office] job is to make sure that everyone is safe."

The final attempt is booked for Sunday between 5-7 PM, the last time slotted for this week. Officials are preparing for the worst. Though nothing is set in stone, they are discussing possible backup dates and the next step.

Even so, Craig Trefney of Seaford, Del. says that the cancellation won't stop him from coming back.

"I'll keep coming back until it finally shoots off," said Trefney. "It's going to have to take off sooner or later."

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