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The launch of a commercial rocket carrying a spacecraft with cargo intended for the International Space Station has successfully blasted off from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in eastern Virginia. Today's 10:58 EDT flight time was slightly delayed due to a gaseous nitrogen adjustment that needed to take place ahead of the …

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  1. Steve Foster
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    "gaseous nitrogen adjustment"

    Is that the official NASA euphemism for "Farty Fred cleared the control room again", eh?

  2. John Smith 19 Gold badge
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    Well it's taken a *long* time to get here but this is exciting.

    How much actual competition it will give to Dragon is a different question.

    But I'll give it a cautious thumbs up.

  3. Kharkov
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    Kudos Antares!

    Great start, can't wait for a great finish

  4. squigbobble

    Computer says "Wha...?"

    "NASA fixed the problem and said that teams were still working on trying to understand why the error had occurred."

    They turned it off and back on again?

  5. Arachnoid

    They turned it off and back on again

    They cycled the on-board energy load systems

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