CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA is hoping the weather finally cooperates for a space station delivery already running late.
Sunday is try four for the unmanned Atlas rocket at Cape Canaveral, Florida. Forecasters give 40 percent odds for the planned 4:44 p.m. liftoff. That’s better than the previous three days, when the weather foiled every effort to make the first U.S. shipment in months. But wind is still a concern.
The rocket holds 7,400 pounds of supplies for the International Space Station. Shipper Orbital ATK is using another company’s rocket because its own, the Antares, has been grounded since 2014. NASA’s other commercial supplier, SpaceX, is also sidelined by an accident.
With six astronauts on board, the space station has dipped below NASA’s desired six-month food supply. So lots of groceries are going up.