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Antares Scrubbed Due To Solar Flare, Next Attempt Thursday

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Courtesy: Elliot Severn Courtesy: Elliot Severn

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. - Space weather, it's a phenomenon most people don't even know exists.

But it can affect everything from satellites to space travel, which is exactly what happened on Wednesday at Wallops Island. Space weather forcing Orbital to postpone their latest cargo launch.

Orbital Sciences and NASA made the call Wednesday morning to scrub the Antares rocket launch because of the risk of sending the rocket up in the wake of a major solar flare. This does present an unusually high level of space radiation.

But NASA says the flare would not affect the International Space Station crew and does not require any special precautionary measures. In a conference call, Orbital officials say that the flare does not pose any threat to the Cygnus cargo ship.

"This is what we deal with in this world," said Frank Culbertson, executive vice president and general manager of Orbital's Advanced Programs Group. "I want to point out that this isn't a failure of the system. It isn't a problem with the system. It is pretty unique. It is a delay, but all we're really delaying is the success that's going to come to this mission."

Orbital Sciences posted on Twitter on Wednesday afternoon that they will give it another go Thursday at 1:07 PM.

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