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Storms to Jeopardize Tuesday's SpaceX Second Launch Attempt

On a mission to deliver scientific equipment to the International Space Station, the SpaceX Falcon 9 cargo craft will make another launch attempt today at 4:10 p.m. EDT from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Known as a Dragon resupply mission, the craft will be transporting hardware and supplies for further space research. In addition, 15 small satellites will carried on the trip.

After a storm cell invaded the 10-mile radius around the launch site Monday, the original takeoff was scrapped.

For the expected launch today, conditions may prove hazardous.

Storms will strike across the area today in the afternoon, AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Becky Elliot said.

"The storms will generally be to the northwest but may be close enough to impede the launch," she said. "Storms that fire today will be along a sea breeze, which means they will be inland a bit and away from the immediate coast."

The vessel marks as the only spacecraft with the ability to bring a significant amount of hardware back to Earth.

SpaceX will be streaming the launch event live on Tuesday.

"The scientific experiments being carried into orbit consist mostly of biological investigations; including a rodent research payload to study bone and muscle loss in mice as the result of being in microgravity - which could help scientists find a cure for conditions such as osteoporosis in humans," the SpaceX site said.

The Dragon will carry more than 4,300 pounds of cargo to the ISS and carry 3,020 pounds of cargo back to Earth.


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