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Thu Dec 18, 2014, 01:28 PM

SpaceX delays space station delivery until January

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.

The space station astronauts will have to wait until next month for their Christmas delivery.

On Thursday, the SpaceX company announced it was delaying this week's planned launch of an unmanned supply capsule until January.

SpaceX spokesman John Taylor said a test firing of the rocket engines earlier this week did not go precisely as planned at the Cape Canaveral launch pad. The company wants to conduct a second test on the Falcon rocket before committing to a launch, he said.

Combined with the Christmas and New Year's holidays, as well as the sun's angles on the space station, the earliest the California-based company can launch is Jan. 6. The liftoff should have occurred Friday, already a few days late.

Read more: http://www.star-telegram.com/news/nation-world/national/article4607665.html

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