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Weather Delays Cygnus Launch Again |

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — For the second day in a row, poor weather postponed the Atlas 5 launch of an Orbital ATK Cygnus cargo spacecraft Dec. 4, further delaying the delivery of cargo to the International Space Station.

The second attempt by a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 to launch the Cygnus cargo spacecraft was stymied by ground winds at the Cape Canaveral, Florida, launch site that just exceeded limits during a 30-minute launch window that opened at 5:33 p.m. Eastern. Clouds and rain prevented the first launch attempt Dec. 3.

“The winds were just a couple of knots too high,” said Vern Thorp, program manager for NASA missions at ULA, in an interview on NASA TV immediately after the launch was postponed. “We just did not feel comfortable launching tonight.”

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