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Antares rocket launches cargo run to International Space Station

An Antares rocket lifts off at 4:01 a.m. EST (0901 GMT) Saturday at pad 0A at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport on Wallops Island, Virginia. Credit: NASA/Joel Kowsky A Northrop Grumman Antares rocket and Cygnus cargo carrier climbed into orbit Saturday from Wallops Island, Virginia, in pursuit of the International Space Station with more than 7,200 pounds of research hardware and provisions, the second supply ship launch to the space station in less than 24 hours. The unpiloted commercial cargo ship rode the 139-foot-tall (42.5-meter) Antares rocket away from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport, a facility owned by the state of Virginia on the Atlantic coastline at Wallops Island. The Antares rocket’s first stage, with fuel tanks built in Ukraine and Russian-made RD-181 engines, propelled the launcher into a clear predawn sky with 864,000 pounds of thrust. The Antares guidance computer commanded the engines to gently pivot, steering the rocket toward […]

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