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Next SpaceX launch attempt: Tuesday, 5:41 p.m.

10:51 PM, Dec 2, 2013   |    comments
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SpaceX has decided to wave off a launch attempt Monday, and is now targeting Tuesday.

SpaceX is targeting a 5:41 p.m. liftoff on Tuesday. The launch window extends until 7:07 p.m.

"All known rocket anomalies resolved," SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said on Twitter this morning. "Will spend another day rechecking to be sure."

He said the next attempt would be Tuesday evening, with Wednesday as a backup.

There is a 90 percent chance of weather cooperating for a Tuesday or Wednesday launch.

Technical issues thwarted the first two launch attempts, last Monday and Thursday.

On Thanksgiving, the Falcon 9 booster's nine engines fired briefly, but cut off when computers sensed thrust building more slowly than expected.

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said the abort was caused by oxygen in the ground-side igniter system. He tweeted this weekend that technicians replaced the gas generator on one of the rocket's nine engines as a precautionary measure.

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