SpaceX launch of ISS cargo slips to Dec. 19

(Florida Today) -- SpaceX's upcoming launch of cargo to the International Space Station has slipped at least a few days, to Dec. 19, NASA announced Thursday.

The launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station of a Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon cargo capsule is now scheduled for no earlier than 1:20 p.m. Dec. 19.

It had been planned Tuesday.

Without specifying a reason for the delay, NASA said the extra time would allow SpaceX "to ensure they do everything possible on the ground to prepare for a successful launch."

"Both the Falcon 9 rocket and its Dragon spacecraft are in good health," NASA's statement continued.

The mission is SpaceX's fifth of 12 under a $1.6 billion NASA resupply contract.


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