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Space station launch Monday despite dead computer

Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer

FILE - This Tuesday, March 26, 2013 file photo provided by NASA shows the release of the SpaceX Dragon-2 spacecraft from the International Space Station. NASA is pressing ahead, on Monday, April 14, 2014, with the planned launch of a supply ship despite a critical computer outage at the International Space Station, promising the situation is safe. (AP Photo/NASA)

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- The International Space Station is about to get some fresh groceries and material for an urgent repair job.

An unmanned SpaceX rocket is on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral. It's scheduled to blast off at 4:58 p.m. Monday with more than 2 tons of supplies.

NASA spent much of the weekend debating whether to proceed with the launch. A critical backup computer failed outside the space station Friday. Mission managers decided Sunday to stick with the plan after making sure everything would be safe.

The Dragon supply ship holds a gasket-like material for next week's computer replacement. Spacewalking astronauts will perform the job April 22. This new material was rushed to the launch site following the computer outage.

SpaceX is one of two American shippers hired by NASA.