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Orbital Sciences' Cygnus Heads to Space Station

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Sun Jul 13, 2014 4:12 pm via: NASA
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Orbital Sciences Corp.’s Cygnus spacecraft with cargo for the International Space Station launched as scheduled at 12:52 p.m. EDT aboard an Antares rocket from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport Pad 0A at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Rendezvous of Cygnus with the space station is scheduled for the morning of July 16.

Cygnus’ second stage has lifted the spacecraft into its initial orbit. Cygnus has separated from the second stage. Cygnus is about 125 miles high, traveling at more than 16,700 mph.

Antares Rocket With Full Moon.  Image Credit: NASA/Aubrey Gemignani

Antares Rocket With Full Moon. Image Credit: NASA/Aubrey Gemignani

Cygnus will then deploy its solar arrays and begin a carefully choreographed series of engine firings to reach the station.

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