NASA resupply mission rocket launches at Wallops Island

Officials were set on 12:40 p.m. EST Saturday for the launch of the company’s 17th resupply mission to the International Space Station from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island.

The Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus cargo spacecraft launched on the company’s Antares rocket loaded with more than 8,300 pounds of research, crew supplies, and hardware.

The Cygnus spacecraft, named the SS Piers Sellers in honor of the late NASA astronaut who spent nearly 35 days on three missions helping build the space station, is set to orbit Monday, Feb.

Residents can watch the live launch coverage on NASA Television and the agency’s website, as well as YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, and NASA’s App, beginning at 21 feb, 12:15 p.m.

Congratulations to the Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority, NASA Wallops Flight Facility, and Northrop Grumman on a successful launch. 

The Commonwealth remains committed to supporting our commercial aerospace development and the limitless educational and scientific applications this new and exciting industry has in store

And with this critical mission, we remember and honor the life of Piers Sellers, a dedicated scientist and astronaut.

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