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The rocked compared to the water station

Cygnus_Orb-2_Mission_EmblemIt is finally happened. Orbital Sciences successfully launched a rocket from Wallops on July 13, 2014 at 12:52 PM.

The launch originally planned to be in May, then in June. But it was delayed several times due to various issues. Actually severe thunderstorms that hit the Wallops area last week, affected the planned operational schedule and Orbital decided to postpone the Orb-2 mission for an additional day (oh, man) in order to assure normal launch operations.

And now it is on way to the International Space Station (ISS).

It is called Orb-2 mission or in full Orbital Sciences CRS Flight 2. It is the third flight conducted by the Orbital Sciences (a private company) to the International Space Station (ISS). According to the company tradition, the Cygnus spacecraft has been named the Janice Voss after the NASA astronaut and Orbital employee who passed away on February 6, 2012.


Launch of Orb-2 mission. Photo credit: Space.com

The unmanned Cygnus cargo freighter will deliver 1,657 kg of cargo to ISS including over 300 kg of science experiments and instruments, crew supplies, food, water, computer equipment, spacewalk tools and student research experiments.

Watch live: July 13 Wallops launch watch live

From NASA – Launch Orbital

From Orbital Sciences