NASA’s spacecraft carrying supplies to the International Space Station launched


Virginia: A Northrop Grumman rocket carrying the Cygnus resupply spacecraft was successfully launched Saturday afternoon from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

The spacecraft is carrying more than 7,500 pounds of supplies and experiments to the International Space Station.

The rocket’s Russian-built RD-181 first stage engines flashed to life at 3:21 p.m. EST and throttled up with a jet of brilliant exhaust. A few seconds later, after a final round of computer checks, the rocket was released from pad 0A at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport — MARS — at NASA’s Wallops Island, Virginia, facility.

The launch came six days after a last-minute abort last Sunday due to problems with ground support equipment.

This is Northrop Grumman’s 13th cargo flight to the International Space Station and an Antares rocket was used for the launch.

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