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Rocket blasts off on space station cargo run

By Reuters in Wallops Island, Virginia | China Daily | Updated: 2016-10-19 07:17

An unmanned Antares rocket blasted off on Monday with a cargo ship for the International Space Station, marking the booster's return to flight two years after a previous version exploded at liftoff.

The 14-story rocket, powered by a pair of new Russian-made engines, lifted off from Wallops Island, Virginia, at 7:45 pm, a NASA TV broadcast showed. Launch was delayed five minutes to give the team extra time to review their checklists, said Orbital ATK Inc, which owns the rocket.

"It's such a feeling of elation to see the vehicle take off ... I'm very happy to see Antares back," said Amanda Davis, Orbital's director of program engineering.

Rocket blasts off on space station cargo run

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