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So close! SpaceX holds up launch (and landing)

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A SpaceX Falcon 9 sits on its launch pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. (Credit: SpaceX)

For the second day in a row, SpaceX scrubbed the launch of the SES-9 telecommunications satellite as well as the Falcon 9 rocket landing attempt that was due to follow.

The abort came with just 1 minute and 41 seconds left before the scheduled 3:47 p.m. PT (6:47 p.m. ET) liftoff from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

“Right now, preliminary [word] is that we were still evaluating the liquid oxygen propellant load, looking at how much time we had left in the count to finish loading the liquid oxygen, and at that time the launch team decided that we would need to hold the countdown,” SpaceX launch commentator John Insprucker said.

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By Alan Boyle

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