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Misbehaving sun delays space station supply flight

The International Space Station is awaiting a delivery of equipment and experiments.
The International Space Station is awaiting a delivery of equipment and experiments.ASSOCIATED PRESS VIA NASA

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A strong solar storm is interfering with the latest grocery run to the International Space Station.

On the bright side, the orbiting lab has won a four-year extension, pushing its projected end-of-lifetime to at least 2024, a full decade from now.

‘‘This is a big plus for us,’’ said NASA’s human exploration chief, Bill Gerstenmaier.

On Wednesday, Orbital Sciences Corp. delayed its space station delivery mission for the third time.

The company’s unmanned rocket, the Antares, was set to blast off from Wallops Island, Va., with a capsule full of supplies and science experiments, including ants for an educational project.

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