Orbital Sciences' Antares rocket launches from Wallops Island, Va. (NASA TV still)
Wallops Island, Va. (Florida Today) -- A commercial cargo ship is on its way to the International Space
Station on after blasting off this afternoon from Virginia's Eastern
Orbital Sciences Corp.'s roughly
130-foot Antares rocket lifted off from Wallops Island at 1:07 p.m.,
carrying an unmanned Cygnus spacecraft packed with nearly 2,800 pounds
of supplies and experiments.
The Cygnus is on course to reach
the station early Sunday, where Expedition 38 astronauts steering a
robotic arm will capture and berth it to the outpost.
The mission is Orbital's first of eight planned through 2016 under a $1.9 billion NASA resupply contract.
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