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Antares rocket launches from Wallops Island

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ATLANTIC, Va. (WTVR) --Ā The biggest rocket ever launched from Virginia blasted off fromĀ NASA's Wallops Flight FacilityĀ on the Eastern Shore on Sunday around 5 p.m.

TheĀ test rocket for Orbital Sciences Corp. of Dulles, one of the two companiesĀ contracted by NASA to take supplies to theĀ International Space Station, completed a successful launchĀ after a few delays over three days.

The original launch of the Antares rocketĀ planned for Thursday came to a halt after one of the cords on the second stage just prematurely disconnected.Ā The launch was also scrubbed on Saturday because of strong upper-level winds.

The other company that will deliver supplies, SpaceX, completed its third trip to the International SpaceĀ StationĀ last month.