Amadeusz Juskowiak

Delta rocket blasts off from cape canaveral

An unmanned Delta rocket carrying a 57 mln dlr hurricanetracking satellite blasted off here today in NASAs first successful launch of the year

The 116foot 354meter Delta a reliable workhorse of the US rocket fleet lifted off at 1805 EST from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in a crucial test of the space agencys ability to recover from the Challenger disaster and a string of other failures

The launch came after two delays in two days The first postponement was caused by fuel leak and the second by highspeed crosswinds that NASA officials say could have torn the rocket apart during fiery ascent