NASA reported on Sunday that International Space Station Expedition crew members captured the Orbital Sciences Cygnus cargo spacecraft with the station’s robotic arm at 6:08 a.m. EST. The cargo craft was filled with 2,780 pounds of supplies for the station, including crew provisions, spare parts and experiment hardware.
The commercial partner Orbital Sciences Corporation launched the Cygnus cargo spacecraft Thursday afternoon from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility. The December launch was pushed back until International Space Station crew members made repairs on a faulty pump module.
Next launch scheduled for Tuesday
The new year is starting off busy for Wallops Flight Facility, with one launch completed last week, another one is scheduled for this week.
Three Terrier-Orion suborbital rockets are scheduled for launch on Tuesday, January 14. The Department of Defense mission from NASA’s launch range at the Wallops Flight Facility will not be open to the public. The launch will be visible along the east, but don't make plans to watch the launch, as the exact time will not be released. At the request of DoD project managers, the launch will not be shown live on the Internet, nor will launch status updates be provided on social media once the countdown begins.
Delmarva's Space Flight Center
The NASA Wallops Flight Facility is located near Chincoteague Island, Virginia, some 140 miles south of Wilmington, Delaware. The facility was established in 1945 by the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics as a center for aeronautic research.
Most launches are open to the public, check out the Wallops Flight Facility Visitor Center website when planning a visit.
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