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Cygnus Resupply Mission to Space Station Lifts Off

Cygnus Resupply Mission to Space Station Lifts Off

His flight helped to define America's position in the space race and paved the way for America's space program, from moon missions, to the space shuttle and the International Space Station.

Russian Federation and Japan also fly cargo ships to the station.

Vern Thorp, the program manager for commercial missions at the ULA, stated that this configuration has become the "Atlas V workhorse", as it has launched approximately half of the Atlas V missions up until now.

It was the last launch commentary for NASA spokesman George Diller, who is retiring next month after 37 years.

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Red Carpet Clip
The mother of three's ensemble was overdosed on fringe with silk strands mixed in with sequined neckline and bodice. And her sleek twisted high ponytail and color coordinated drop earrings completed her intergalactic look.

Tuesday's successful launch followed a month's delay while United Launch Alliance, a partnership of Lockheed Martin LMT.N and Boeing Co BA.N , resolved a technical issue with the rocket's hydraulic system. Orbital is trying to increase the amount of payload that the Cygnus can carry on both the Atlas and the Antares, and the company plans to launch its next mission on the Antares as early as this summer. But Orbital is fine with sending the Cygnus up on either vehicle, depending on what NASA needs, Culbertson said in a press conference yesterday. The Cygnus capsule has been named S.S. John Glenn and features a banner with Glenn's portrait on the inside. "Building on this work, we are looking forward to providing the Air Force and other customers with a highly reliable and cost-effective launch system within the next four years", said Lehr.

One experiment on board is a sophisticated new greenhouse that will be evaluated as a way to grow food for astronauts during long-duration stays in space.

Samples for several biomedical studies also will ride aboard the Cygnus, including an investigation to decrease the side effects of cancer-fighting chemotherapy drugs by incorporating antibodies that target only the diseased cells.

The capsule also carries 38 shoebox-sized satellites and a high school student's science project that will test how telomeres, which are structures at the ends of chromosomes, are affected by microgravity.

North Korean nuclear test site now
Meanwhile, the country has conducted a series of ballistic missile launches in recent months in defiance of United Nations sanctions.

Normally it takes two to three days for cargo vehicles to meet up with the ISS, but the Cygnus is actually going to hang out in orbit for a little while once it launches.

Prior to re-entry, a third and final experiment will be conducted inside the spacecraft to study how fire burns in space.

But first, the capsule just has to get to the station.

The launch window opens at 11:11 a.m and weather remains favorable. The launch is scheduled for Tuesday morning and for the first time, NASA cameras will provide live 360-degree video of the rocket heading toward space.

Pence begins Indonesia visit focused on trade, security
President Donald Trump immediately withdrew the US from the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement on his first day in office. The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier is undergoing scheduled maintenance at its home port.


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