Northrop Grumman aborts launch of Antares rocket carrying NASA cargo minutes before liftoff

A Northrop Grumman Antares rocket carrying nearly 4 tons of NASA supplies for the International Space Station suffered a launch abort just minutes before liftoff late Thursday (Oct. 1). 

The rocket was less than three minutes from liftoff when it experienced the automatic abort while sitting atop Pad 0A of NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Virginia. The launch was targeted for 9:43 p.m. EDT (0143 GMT on Oct. 2). 

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