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WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) - NASA has launched a rocket for the Department of Defense from its Wallops Island Flight Facility in Virginia.

The space agency says the Terrier-Lynx suborbital rocket was launched at 12:27 a.m. Sunday.

The next scheduled launch from Wallops will be Orbital Sciences' Antares rocket on Oct. 24. NASA says the rocket will carry Orbital's Cyngus cargo carrier to the International Space Station.

The launch is expected to be visible to Mid-Atlantic residents.

Space Goddard/Ed Compion

The Orbital Science’s rocket is on its way to the International Space Station after lifting off from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility yesterday afternoon.

The Cygnus spacecraft is packed with 3-thousand pounds of equipment and experiments provided by NASA as well as food and other supplies.

The spacecraft is expected to dock with the space station sometime on Sunday.

The rocket launch was delayed three times – most recently because of a strong solar storm.