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Onlookers Gather to Watch the Launch of Antares

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WALLOPS ISLAND, Va.- The Antares Rocket successfully lifted off Sunday afternoon from the Wallops Flight Facility in Accomack County. Hundreds of people from across the country made their way to the area just to get a glimpse of the once in a lifetime opportunity.

Fourteen-year-old Carson Kohl has always dreamed of being able to go up into space.

"Ever since I was little I always wanted to be an astronaut, but I'm not that good in math so that's not going to happen," said Kohl. "But I'm still interested in it."

He made his way to the launch from New Hartford, Conn. The experience was something unreal, he said.

"I just got goose bumps, like I was shaking," said Kohl. "Just to look up and see that there's people in there just going that fast up, it's just awesome"

While the Cygnus spacecraft is an unmanned spacecraft, Cygnus did carry 33,000 pounds of food, supplies, and equipment to astronauts aboard the International Space Station.

Kohl wasn't the only one excited. Onlookers sat back in excitement and watched as the rocket take off.

"It's my first launch so i'm really excited," said Ainsley Johnson, of Hampton Roads, Va. "It's cool that I get to see something that's going to go into space and it's going to come down and it's going to space. So I'm pretty excited about that."

"It was very interesting because they're only sending so many rockets now back into space," said Brittany Carer, of South Riding, Va. "The fact that we could come here today and see it was really amazing."

Some used binoculars, while others used their cellphones. Each of them trying to take in as much of this experience as they could.

"It was really loud," said Rebecca Morris of South Riding, Va. "There are a lot of clouds though. But it was still good. I got it on video."

"If you ever have the chance to come out here and do this there should be no reason to hesitate," said Ajitha Balasubramanian, of Richmond, Va. "I mean we had a four-hour drive here but it was totally worth it."

That's because there's no telling when's the next time this opportunity will come around again.

The Cygnus capsule is expected to reach the ISS on Wednesday. It will then be filled with trash and sent back to earth, where it will burn up on re-entry.

 

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