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Live coverage: Delta 2 launch delayed to Saturday

Liftoff of a Delta 2 rocket with NASA's SMAP environmental satellite has been delayed to Saturday, giving workers time to repair insulation on the booster's first stage that became debonded during Thursday's launch attempt, which was thwarted by unfavorable winds aloft. Launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California is set for 6:20:42 a.m. local time (9:20:42 a.m. EST; 1420:42 GMT).

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