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Rocket Launch Set for Sunday Morning After Weather Delay

A planned launching of a rocket by SpaceX was halted early Saturday morning due to unfavorable weather conditions.

The Falcon 9 rocket was set to blast the Dragon spacecraft into the sky with a path directed from Cape Canaveral, Florida towards the International Space Station.

However, low clouds and rain were in the area at the time of the launch, forcing engineers and scientists working with rocket to terminate the launch.

"Today's (Saturday's) launch opportunity has been scrubbed because of poor weather," reported NASA SpaceX Blog writer Steven Siceloff.

Another launch has been scheduled for early Sunday morning at approximately 1:52 a.m. EDT weather permitting.

A lingering disturbance off of the coast of the Southeast, which caused the delay Saturday morning, will continue to spread rain and clouds across eastern Florida through Saturday evening.

However, conditions are expected to improve as the disturbance pulls away from the coast, perhaps just in time for the launch.

"There is still a chance for a delay but it appears conditions will be more favorable this time around," said AccuWeather.com Meteorologist and Astronomy Blogger Mark Parquette.

Rain that falls in the evening will likely taper off through the early part of the night with clouds breaking up as well. This could provide opportunity for the rocket to get the green light for launch.

The Dragon spacecraft will pack more than 5,000 pounds of equipment, including an ISS-RapidScat instrument that will monitor ocean winds from the space station.

"It (ISS-RapidScat) will track hurricanes and storms, and provide a better understanding of Earth's climate," stated NASA.

Another launch will be attempted on Tuesday if needed.

Folks along the East Coast will have a chance to see the glow of the rocket in the sky if local weather conditions are favorable for it. If you are unable to see it, you can watch it online here.