NASA postpones Virginia’s Orbital rocket launch to repair Space Station pump module

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WASHINGTON, DC (NASA HEADQUARTERS) – NASA managers are postponing the upcoming Orbital Sciences commercial cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station to proceed with a series of spacewalks to replace a faulty pump module on the space station.

NASA Television will air a news briefing at 3 p.m. EST on Wednesday, Dec. 18 to preview the spacewalks. WATCH HERE.

Orbital Sciences’ Cygnus spacecraft, atop its Antares rocket at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility, now will launch no earlier than mid-January.

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The postponement of the Antares launch will allow ample time for the station crew to focus on repairing a faulty pump module that stopped working properly on December 11.

NASA currently plans for two Expedition 38 astronauts to venture outside the space station December 21, 23 and 25. NASA astronauts Rick Mastracchio and Mike Hopkins will remove a pump module that has…

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