Antares rocket may be visible in sky East Coast Monday night

The Antares rocket with the Cygnus cargo spacecraft on top rests at its launch pad in Virginia. (NASA)

After being grounded for two years, Orbital ATK launched its Antares rocket Monday night, carrying a load of supplies for the International Space Station.

The liftoff was delayed on Sunday from Virginia because of a bad cable.

The cable - part of ground support equipment at the Wallops Island launch complex was expected to be replaced.

The Associated Press says this will be the first launch of the unmanned Antares rocket since one exploded shortly after liftoff in October 2014 on a station supply run for NASA. Orbital ATK replaced the Russian-built engines and made other changes to the rocket. In addition, the launch pad had to be rebuilt.

The liftoff happened at about 7:45p.m. on Monday.

Weather permitting, the launch was expected to be visible along much of the East Coast, including Washington, New York and Boston.

To learn more about the trip, click here.

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