NASA tries for second day to launch Orion

(CNN) — NASA will try again on Friday to see how its new Orion spacecraft flies.

The space agency scrubbed Thursday morning’s test launch in Florida after a series of delays, the last of which happened because some liquid-oxygen fuel and drain valves failed to open during the countdown, NASA said.

The launch has been rescheduled for 7:05 a.m. ET, but conditions are dicey. Air Force meteorologists say there is only a 40% chance of acceptable conditions because of possible wind and rain.

The launch of Orion — a craft designed to eventually explore deep space — is to be one of NASA’s biggest moments since the shuttle era ended in 2011.

NASA spent most of Thursday morning’s nearly 2½-hour launch window trying to work out various obstacles and kinks before scrubbing the launch. The first delay involved a boat that came too close to the launch area; more delays…

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