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UPDATE: Antares Launch Postponed, NASA Spacewalks Set For ISS

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WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. - Problems at the International Space Station have grounded a rocket launch on Virginia's Eastern Shore.

NASA says that because of spacewalks to repair a faulty station pump module on the ISS, Orbital Sciences will have to postpone the launch of their Antares rocket. Antares is a commercial cargo resupply mission that was scheduled to launch on Wednesday night, but will no launch no earlier than mid-January.

Officials say this delay will allow the station crew plenty of time to fix the pump problem. NASA says there are three space walks planned, one on December 21st, one December 23rd, and one on December 25th, each should last about six and a half hours. NASA astronauts Rick Mastracchio and Mike Hopkins will replace the failed valve.

NASA TV will reportedly have coverage of the spacewalks. For more information about the International Space Station and its crew, visit their website.

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