Another Launch

Update: As of 21:45 UTC the odds of having conditions favorable for launch is 90 percent.

Check back for link for live coverage at 02:00 UTC 23 March 2016.

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The window opens tomorrow for another launch. This launch will be the fifth resupply mission to the International Space Station for Orbital’s Cygnus cargo ship. The image shows the Cygnus encapsulated for flight at Launch Complex 41 at the Kennedy Space Center.

The Cygnus will be launched atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket at 11:05 p.m. EDT tomorrow – that is 03:05 UTC.

Cygnus will carry almost 7,500 pounds of science and research, crew supplies and vehicle hardware to the orbital laboratory to support dozens of science and research investigations that will occur during Expeditions 47 and 48.

The new experiments will inspire future scientists and explorers, with experiments such as an investigation that looks at the properties and behavior of regolith, or “soil” found on asteroids, comets, the moon, and other airless worlds; an instrument for the first-ever, space-based observations of the chemical composition of meteors entering Earth’s atmosphere; a technology demonstration of an adhesive device that can stick on-command in the harsh environment of space; and, the second generation of a portable onboard 3-D printer, among others.

In the event the launch does not take place as scheduled for whatever reason, the next window is 23 March at 09:45 EDT (01:45 UTC on 24 March).

Image: NASA/Dimitrios Gerondidakis

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