SpaceX delays launch of space station supply ship less than 2 hours before planned liftoff

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FILE - This Tuesday, March 26, 2013 file photo provided by NASA shows the release of the SpaceX Dragon-2 spacecraft from the International Space Station. NASA is pressing ahead, on Monday, April 14, 2014, with the planned launch of a supply ship despite a critical computer outage at the International Space Station, promising the situation is safe. (AP Photo/NASA)

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By MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A space station cargo ship will remain Earthbound for a while longer.

With less than two hours remaining, the Space X company called off Monday's planned launch from Cape Canaveral. A new launch date was not set; the next attempt could be no earlier than Friday.

There was no immediate explanation for the postponement. The launch already had been delayed a full month.

NASA almost delayed the launch over the weekend 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 2 ½ tons of supplies.

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