Space station getting delivery from Va.

Rocket contains supplies for experiments, food

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.– The International Space Station is getting a delivery shipped from Virginia for a change.

Orbital ATK, one of NASA’s chief suppliers, had planned to launch the capsule this morning from Wallops Island, aboard an unmanned Antares rocket.

It will be Orbital ATK’s first supply run from its home turf in more than a year. The expected 7:37 a.m. launch was to be visible as far north as Boston and as far south as Myrtle Beach, S.C., although the rising sun would have made it tough to see.

The last time Orbital ATK sent up supplies, in the spring, it used another company’s rocket in Cape Canaveral, Fla.

The Cygnus capsule holds 7,400 pounds of cargo, including fresh fruit and vegetables for the station’s six-man crew, and mealworms and micro clover for student experiments.