13 July 2014
Orbital Sciences' Antares rocket lifted off at 12:52 p.m. EDT Sunday from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia carrying the Cygnus cargo spacecraft on a mission to deliver supplies and science experiments to the International Space Station. Cygnus will rendezvous with the ISS on Wednesday, 16 July. Among the research investigations headed to the space station are a group of nanosatellites that are designed to take images of Earth, developed by Planet Labs; and a satellite-related investigation called TechEdSat-4 built by NASA’s Ames Research Center, which aims to develop technology that will eventually enable small samples to be returned to Earth from the space station. In addition, a number of student experiments are being flown in association with the Student Spaceflight Experiment Program, an initiative of the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education and NanoRacks. AIAA congratulates Orbital Sciences Corporation, an AIAA corporate member, on the successful launch. (Image Credit: NASA)
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