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Orbital ATK Launches Space Station Supplies from Wallops Island

Posted: May 21, 2018 7:12 AM Updated:

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP/WBOC) - One of NASA's prime shippers, Orbital ATK, has launched a fresh load of supplies to the International Space Station.

The Antares rocket blasted off from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility before dawn Monday, treating early risers along the East Coast to a cosmic light show, at least where skies were clear.

The 7,400-pound shipment - a third of it research - should reach the orbiting lab Thursday.

The Cygnus capsule holds a student cement-mixing experiment, as well as an atom-cooling chamber from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory that uses lasers to get temperatures colder than even space itself.

There's also equipment for a spacewalk next month. Named for the swan constellation, the Cygnus is making Orbital ATK's ninth contracted delivery for NASA. SpaceX is NASA's other supplier.

"I've watched the rockets launch from the Delmarva Peninsula for the past several years, but always wanted to get down here and watch one launch from the pad," said Bill Rohrar of the Harrington area.

Live coverage of Thursday's rendezvous and capture will air on NASA Television and the agency’s website beginning at 3:45 a.m. Installation coverage is set to begin at 7:30 a.m.

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