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Fire alarm on Earth delays Northrop Grumman cargo launch to space station

Fire alarm on Earth delays Northrop Grumman cargo launch to space station

A Northrop Grumman rocket carrying more than 4 tons of supplies to the International Space Station will have to wait at least another day to launch after a fire alarm in its mission control center thwarted liftoff early Sunday (November 6).

The Antares rocket was about 10 minutes away from its scheduled liftoff at 5:50 a.m. EST (1050 GMT) from NASA Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Virginia, when Northrop Grumman canceled the flight. A fire alarm at the company’s control center in nearby Dulles, Virginia, forced the evacuation of the building, preventing launch controllers from going through with the launch.





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