European space cargo launch delayed
The planned launch of a European cargo spacecraft bound for the International Space Station was delayed Tuesday due to a technical problem, dpa reported.
The launch of the Johannes Kepler automated transfer vehicle was scrubbed with four minutes left on the countdown clock, the European Space Agency said.
The unmanned craft was to have launched aboard an Ariane 5 rocket from Kourou, French Guiana, carrying 7 tons of gear to the orbiting space station. In addition to equipment and food, the craft will deliver personal items such as letters from the astronauts' families.
The European Space Agency will try for a 2150 GMT Wednesday launch. The ATV is expected to take eight days to reach the station.