ANTARES rocket launch successful

Antares rocket successfully launched on Sunday (13-07-2014) at 12:52 pm, from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, U.S.A. This mission is the second cargo delivery flight to the station. Total amount spent for this mission is $1.9 million. This mission carries overall 3,300 pounds of supplies to the station, including crew food and supplies, hardware and scientific equipment and experiments. For research investigations Planet Labs of San Francisco developed, a flock of nanosatellites designed to make images of Earth. NASA’s Ames Research Center (Moffett Field, California) built a new experiment called TechEdSat-4; it’s used for satellite-based investigation. Another experiment called SPHERES by Ames, it contains some features like sensor, multiple cameras to enable 3d-mapping and finally a robotic navigation inside the space station.

Expedition 40 Commander Steve Swanson of NASA with the help of his partner Alexander Gerst (European Space Agency) is a flight engineer, will use the station’s robotic arm to take hold of Cygnus at 6:39 am on Wednesday. It will take one month to be filled with trash and burn up during reentry in Earth’s atmosphere.

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