Solar flare delays private cargo launch to space station

Solar flare delays private cargo launch to space station

Credit: NASA/SDO

This pictures combines two images from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured on Jan. 7, 2013. Together, the images show the location of a giant sunspot group on the sun, and the position of an X-class flare that erupted at 1:32 p.m. EST.

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by KING 5 News

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Posted on January 8, 2014 at 8:57 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 8 at 9:02 AM

Plans to launch a private rocket to the International Space Station Wednesday were delayed due to a huge solar flare, according to NBC News.

The flare erupted from a sunspot seven times the size of the earth Tuesday at 1:32 p.m. EST. It followed a series of recent sun storms.

Orbital Sciences called off the scheduled launch of a cargo delivery flight to the ISS, "due to an unusually high level of space radiation," officials said in a statement.

The launch has been delayed multiple times and was originally scheduled to take off in mid-December.

NBC reports that the solar flare poses no threat to the six-man crew on the ISS.

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