Antares rocket successfully launches from Virginia, visible in NC

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WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. — NASA launched an Antares rocket Sunday from the Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Virginia, and the flight path was briefly visible to people in Eastern North Carolina.

The 13-story rocket carried the Cygnus cargo capsule on its trip to the International Space Station.

Cygnus is carrying about 3,300 pounds of supplies for the ISS including research investigations, crew provisions, hardware, and science experiments from across the country.

Astronauts aboard the space station will use the station’s robot arm to snag Cygnus on July 16th.  Cygnus will remain berthed to the station until August 15, when it will be launched with about 1,346 kilograms of trash from the station to burn up during re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere.

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