Space station supply ship at launch pad honors John Glenn

Eloi Lecerf
Abril 19, 2017

An unmanned Atlas V rocket launched successfully from Cape Canaveral Tuesday morning, carrying a Cygnus cargo ship containing supplies for the International Space Station.

The launch of the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket-aimed at transporting supplies to the International Space Station-is scheduled for a 30-minute window beginning at 11:11 a.m. ET.

The Cygnus spacecraft is loaded with 7,626 pounds (3,459 kilograms) of crew supplies, hardware and dozens of experiments aimed at studying fire, growing food and cancer therapies.

NASA, in coordination with commercial cargo provider Orbital ATK and launch service major United Launch Alliance (ULA), is set to broadcast the worlds first live 360-degree stream of a rocket launch on April 18. Later in his life, he became the oldest person to fly in space. The first-ever live 360 launch feed will begin at 11:01 a.m. EDT.

"We are sorry we missed Easter, but we're pretty sure they'll be excited about their Easter baskets and whatever great things International Space Station science put on board for them", said Frank Culbertson, a former shuttle commander who now serves as president of Orbital's Space Systems Group.

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To see the launch live, go to NASA's YouTube channel and use your mouse to manipulate the view.

The commercial cargo ship, dubbed the S.S. John Glenn, holds almost 7,700 pounds (3,500 kilograms) of food, equipment and research for the space station.

This morning NASA launched the Atlas 5 rocket into space from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Such missions usually carry three crew members, but Russian Federation has opted to reduce its ISS crew complement from three to two to reduce supply requirements and thus cut supply missions. The 360-degree view will be available from ten minutes before launch until the rocket is out of view. Now NASA wants the American aerospace firm to use the more powerful launch vehicles for transmitting the higher amount of cargo to the orbiting outpost.

A resupply rocket took off from Cape Canaveral, Fla., on Tuesday, and anyone with a computer, smartphone or virtual reality headset can experience it as if they were right on the launch pad. The cargo ship was launched into space by Atlas V rocket. The enhanced Cygnus also uses Orbital ATK's UltraFlex™ solar arrays, which are the latest in lightweight, space-qualified, electrical power technology.

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