Antares Launch Scheduled Jan. 7 From Wallops

By  //  December 31, 2013

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targeted launch window of 1:55 to 2 p.m.

ABOVE LIVE STREAM: NASA and Orbital Sciences Corp. have established a new “no earlier than” (NET) launch date of Tuesday, Jan. 7, for the Orbital-1 CRS cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in eastern Virginia. A launch on Jan. 7 within the targeted window of 1:55 to 2:00 p.m. EST would result in a grapple and berthing at the space station in the early morning hours of Jan. 10. 

NASA.gov — The NASA Wallops Flight Facility and Virginia’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport are set to support the launch of Orbital Sciences’ Corp. Antares rocket at 1:55 p.m. EST, Jan. 7.

An Antares rocket lifts-off from Virginia's Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport Pad 0A at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility Sept. 18, 2013. (NASA.gov image)

An Antares rocket lifts-off from Virginia’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport Pad 0A at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility Sept. 18, 2013. (NASA.gov image)

The Antares rocket will carry Orbital’s Cygnus cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station.

The cargo craft will be filled with 2,780 pounds of supplies for the station, including vital science experiments to expand the research capability of the Expedition 38 crew members aboard the orbiting laboratory, crew provisions, spare parts and experiment hardware.

Also aboard the flight are 23 student experiments that will involve more than 10,000 students on the ground. These experiments will involve life sciences topics ranging from amoeba reproduction to calcium in the bones to salamanders.

LAUNCH VISIBLE TO RESIDENTS THROUGHOUT THE MID-ATLANTIC REGION

The Antares rocket will carry Orbital’s Cygnus cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station.

The launch may be visible, weather permitting, to residents throughout the mid-Atlantic region from New York City to North Carolina.

Public viewing of the launch will be available at the NASA Visitor Center at Wallops and at the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge/Assateague National Seashore. Visitors are reminded that alcohol and pets are not allowed on the Visitor Center grounds.

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