Software glitch delays launch
Inside the mobile service tower at Space Launch Complex-2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, workers prepare to install NASA’s Aquarius spacecraft into the United Launch Alliance’s Delta 2 payload fairing. Aquarius will be integrated to the Delta 2 rocket in preparation for Friday’s liftoff. //NASA

After racking up thousands of travel miles before even reaching Vandenberg Air Force Base, a NASA science instrument’s trip to space aboard a Delta 2 rocket must wait one day longer.

The United Launch Alliance-built Delta 2 rocket is aiming to get off the ground at 7:20 a.m. Friday from Space Launch Complex-2 at Vandenberg. The Aquarius/SAC-D mission has just five minutes a day to launch so the satellite can be placed in the proper orbit.

On Wednesday, officials called off plans for today’s launch attempt.

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