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Rocket leak delays space station delivery launch

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A space station cargo ship will remain earthbound for a while longer.

With just over an hour remaining, the Space X company called off Monday’s planned launch because of a rocket leak. A new launch date was not set; the next opportunity would be Friday.

Officials said a helium leak in the first-stage of the unmanned Falcon rocket forced the postponement. The launch already had been delayed a full month for various reasons.

Over the weekend, NASA almost postponed the launch because of a computer outage at the International Space Station. But it decided Sunday that everything would be safe for the arrival of the Dragon capsule and its 2½ tons of supplies.

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