NASA OKs space station visit despite dead computer

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA is pressing ahead with Monday’s planned launch of a supply ship despite a partial computer failure at the International Space Station, promising the situation is safe.

Mission managers decided Sunday to proceed with the countdown for the SpaceX capsule, Dragon, already a month late in delivering more than 2 tons of cargo.

‘‘We’re good to go,’’ said NASA space station program manager Mike Suffredini.

Suffredini noted the many important supplies aboard the Dragon, including a new spacesuit and repair parts for the older spacesuits already in orbit. Much-needed food is also packed away. ‘‘There’s a certain amount of urgency’’ to deliver them, he said.

A backup computer failed to work Friday, but the main computer has been operating.

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