Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Orbital Launches First Antares Rocket from Virginia Space Port at Wallops Island

Last Sunday evening, NASA launched the 1st Antares rocket from Wallops Island Virginia at the new Virginia Space Port Complex.  I was unable to attend this launch but was able to capture this image from 111 miles away near Lorton, VA.  You can just barely make out the rocket in this high magnification image.  I definitely need to plan for a trip to see one of these in person.

NASA has contracted with Orbital to provide unmanned resupply missions to the International Space Station with launches primarily from Wallops Island, VA.  The empty space pods will be filled with space station trash and then burned up with the pod during re-entry over the ocean.

Here is a link to a NASA video of the launch:

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