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Cygnus Mission Launched to Space Station

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NASA Cargo Launches to Space Station aboard Orbital Sciences Resupply Mission

A multitude of NASA research investigations, crew provisions, hardware and science experiments from across the country is headed to the International Space Station aboard Orbital Sciences Corp.'s Cygnus spacecraft. The cargo craft launched aboard Orbital's Antares rocket from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia at 12:52 p.m. EDT Sunday.

The mission is the company's second cargo delivery flight to the station through a $1.9 billion NASA Commercial Resupply Services contract. Orbital will fly at least eight cargo missions to the space station through 2016.

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Launch of Orbital-2 Mission to the International Space Station

Orbital Sciences Corporation's Antares rocket and Cygnus cargo craft launched from Wallops Flight Facility on the Orbital-2 mission -- the company's second operational resupply mission to the International Space Station, under its Commercial Resupply Services contract with NASA. The Cygnus spacecraft, which is carrying almost 3,300 pounds of supplies -- including a host of experiments, is targeted to rendezvous with the ISS on July 16.

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Post launch status of Orbital 2 Mission updated

During a NASA TV press briefing, representatives from NASA and Orbital Sciences Corporation updated the status of the Cygnus cargo craft, which launched from Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia on Sunday, July 13 at 12:52 p.m. ET on the Orbital-2 Mission to the International Space Station.

The Cygnus spacecraft is carrying more than 3,000 pounds of supplies for the station, including science experiments, crew provisions, spare parts and experiment hardware.

This and future commercial cargo resupply flights will ensure a robust national capability to deliver critical science research to orbit, significantly increasing NASA's ability to conduct new science investigations to the only laboratory in microgravity.

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Source: NASA - Multimedia

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