Orbital Sciences Corp. launched the Cygnus spacecraft to the ISS on the Orb-1 mission. Credit: AmericaSpace.com/Mike Killian

Orbital Sciences Corporation successfully launched their Cygnus spacecraft to the International Space Station on Jan. 9th. With freezing cold and clear blue skies as a backdrop the company sent Cygnus skyward atop their Antares rocket, which thundered away from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport launch Pad-0A at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The mission, Orb-1, marks the first of eight contracted resupply flights for Orbital under a $1.9 billion agreement with NASA.

This article appeared in the January 2014 issue of RocketSTEM.
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