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Atlas rocket blasts off from Cape Canaveral

20 April 2017, 05:25 | Justin Tyler

Orbital ATK's Cygnus spacecraft carried by ULA's Atlas V rocket is about to launch for its resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS).

The Cygnus spacecraft is named S.S. John Glenn after legendary Marine, astronaut and Senator John Glenn who died in December. At age 77 he later flew a second mission to space aboard Space Shuttle Discovery- further cementing his status as a true American hero.

Launch Window: 11:41 a.m.

An Atlas-5 rocket carrying Cygnus spacecraft has blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida towards the ISS. The Atlas booster for this mission was powered by the RD AMROSS RD-180 engine, and the Centaur upper stage was powered by the Aerojet Rocketdyne RL10C engine.

The live 360-degree stream of the cargo resupply mission liftoff to the International Space Station may be viewed on the NASA Television YouTube channel starting 10 minutes prior to lift off, the U.S. space agency said. The streaming video will cover the launch of an uncrewed United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket loaded with supplies bound for the International Space Station. There's a new plant habitat that might one day produce plants for deep-space missions.

"We are looking forward to a great launch tomorrow and continuing our record of 100 percent mission success", Vern Thorp, United Launch Alliance's (ULA) commercial missions program manager, told reporters during a briefing Monday (April 17). "We will review today's 360ยบ setup and endeavor to bring this new perspective of a rocket launch to everyone in the future".


Cygnus has flown a number of resupply runs in the past.

But during the press conference, Frank Culbertson, a former NASA astronaut who is now president of Orbital ATK's Space Systems Group, publicly thanked Diller for his service.

The cargo capsule will deliver more than 7,600 pounds of essentials to the astronauts living on the space station, along with science research and hardware for the orbiting laboratory.

Diller said his time at the space agency has been a "heck of a ride".

Lift-off is scheduled for 11:11 a.m. Also on board are experiments that could improve chemotherapy treatments for cancer and magnetized tools for easier reproduction of Earth-like experiments.



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