A Northrop Grumman Antares rocket stands on pad 0A at Wallops Island, Virginia, on a frigid morning hours earlier than a deliberate liftoff with greater than 8,000 kilos of cargo heading for the Worldwide House Station.
In these images, the solar rises behind the 139-foot-tall (42.5-meter) Antares launcher on the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport, which runs the business launch facility at Wallops.
The Antares rocket is scheduled to raise off powered by two kerosene-fueled RD-181 engines at 12:36 p.m. EST (1736 GMT), kicking off a day-and-a-half pursuit of the area station. The mission’s Cygnus provide ship, named the S.S. Katherine Hamilton in honor of the trailblazing NASA mathematician portrayed in “Hidden Figures,” will ship the load of cargo and experiments to the orbiting analysis lab.
This would be the 14th flight of an Antares rocket since 2013, and the 15th cargo mission to the area station by a Cygnus spacecraft.
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