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Moldy mouse food was the reason given for delaying the latest SpaceX launch.

Mold on rodent food delays latest SpaceX mission


WASHINGTON (CIRCA) — A SpaceX mission that was set to launch Tuesday afternoon in Florida has been pushed back to Wednesday at 1:16 p.m. ET because of something you can see every day in your refrigerator: mold.

A Falcon 9 rocket is going to launch a Dragon spacecraft toward the International Space Station, where it will deliver supplies and science experiments. Mice, which will be part of a study on how living in space affects organisms, are part of the unmanned flight. But on Monday, mold was discovered on food bars provided for the mice. NASA said the team will use the extra day to replace the food bars.

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