SpaceX launches supplies to space station

FILE - This Jan. 12, 2013 photo provided by NASA shows the SpaceX Dragon vehicle inside a processing hangar at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Fla. SpaceX has scheduled another launch attempt Friday, April 18, 2014 to the International Space Station. NASA confirmed the launch date Wednesday, April 16, 2014, two days after a last-minute rocket leak delayed the delivery mission. Stormy weather, however, is forecast Friday. Saturday is the backup launch date. (AP Photo/NASA, Kim Shiflett)
FILE - This Jan. 12, 2013 photo provided by NASA shows the SpaceX Dragon vehicle inside a processing hangar at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Fla. SpaceX has scheduled another launch attempt Friday, April 18, 2014 to the International Space Station. NASA confirmed the launch date Wednesday, April 16, 2014, two days after a last-minute rocket leak delayed the delivery mission. Stormy weather, however, is forecast Friday. Saturday is the backup launch date. (AP Photo/NASA, Kim Shiflett)

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A fresh load of supplies is finally on its way to the International Space Station.

A SpaceX rocket blasted off Friday with 2½ tons of cargo, more than a month late. Storms cleared out at Cape Canaveral just in time for the mid-afternoon launch.

The California company’s Dragon supply ship will reach the orbiting lab Sunday — Easter morning. That pushes urgent spacewalking repairs to Wednesday.

Two U.S. astronauts will attempt to replace an external backup computer that failed last Friday. The primary computer still works fine, but NASA wants a reliable spare. A double failure would seriously compromise critical space station systems and hinder visits by the Dragon and other vessels.

 

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