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Cygnus Successful in First Mission


WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. - The first demonstration for the Cygnus Cargo Spacecraft was a success.  The spacecraft was launched from Wallops Island on September 18th and docked with the International Space Station, dropping off cargo for the astronauts on board.

The spacecraft re-entered the Earth's atmosphere early Wednesday afternoon.  We spoke to Orbital Sciences Spokesperson Barry Beneski about the mission.

"There's a little bit of melancholy when you see this space craft encounter the atmosphere and burn up because the team has spent a lot of time building it," said Beneski.

The mission was considered a demonstration mission for Orbital Sciences to show what the Cygnus was capable of.  Now that things have gone according to plan, Orbital can get into the heart of its contract with NASA.

"Over the next three years, we are going to be launching eight of this, at a minimum from Wallops in addition to our other launch activity from Wallops," said Beneski.

As things get busier at Wallops, that means even more launches for folks on Delmarva to check out.  Whether it is from the various viewing sites or right from your front lawn - the preferred location for Jennifer Fairman and her family in Pocomoke.

"It's not something that you get to see everyday.  It's exciting.  You know, it's like a thrill especially if you've never seen one before," said Fariman.

The next Cygnus space module to be sent to the I.S.S. was en route to Wallops on Wednesday.  The launch is scheduled for mid-December in Accomack County.

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