Launching from: Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport’s Pad OA at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia
People living in the US somewhere near the mid-Atlantic area can see Antares on the way up. The maps below from NASA show the angle of elevation too look and about how long after lift off it will take to be visible. Credit: Orbital ATK via NASA
Later today NASA will launch the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft will lift off on a mission to study an asteroid in unprecedented detail. The study will include taking a small sample of asteroid Bennu and returning it to Earth for firsthand analysis.
The launch has about an 80 percent chance go due to weather at the Kennedy Space Center at 19:05 EDT / 23:05 UTC.
The Russian Progress 64 leaves the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, heading for the International Space Station on 16 July. The cargo ship contains carrying three tons of food, fuel and supplies for the station.
The arrival will be in 18 July which is incidentally the same date as a SpaceX rocket will be launching to the ISS. The Dragon cargo ship will transport crew supplies and station hardware including the first of two new international docking adapters. The adapters will allow for docking both the SpaceX CREW Dragon and Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner and will bring back the American ability to transport astronauts to the ISS, an ability lacking since the end of the Space Shuttle era.
The SpaceX launch is scheduled for 04:45 UTC / 00:45 EDT on 18 March. The weather looks good, check back for a live look later.
UPDATE: Check back here for a LIVE link to the launch posting at 04:00 UTC.
Aboard the Soyuz MS-01 are Expedition 48-49 Soyuz Commander Anatoly Ivanishin of Roscosmos and Flight Engineers Kate Rubins of NASA and Takuya Onishi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration destined for the ISS and a four-month mission.