Watch Science and Prelaunch Briefings for Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus Mission to Space Station

NASA’s commercial partner Northrop Grumman is scheduled to launch its Antares rocket from Pad-0A of Virginia Space’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at 5:39 p.m., Feb. 9, from the agency’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Two pre-launch briefings will air live on NASA TV and the agency’s online stream (  today at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. EST.

Antares is carrying Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus cargo spacecraft for the company’s 13th contracted commercial resupply mission for NASA to the space station. Cygnus will carry about 8,000 pounds of crew supplies and hardware, including new science and research investigations.

PRELAUNCH NEWS CONFERENCE 11 a.m.: Mission managers will provide an overview and status of launch operations.

WHAT’S ON BOARD SCIENCE BRIEFING 3 p.m.: Scientists and researchers will discuss some of the investigations and technology demonstrations to be delivered to the space station.

Commander Peggy Whitson works on the OsteoOmics bone cell study that utilizes the Microgravity Science Glovebox inside the U.S. Destiny laboratory on May 2, 2017. Credits: NASA

The public can submit questions during the pre-launch press conference and the What’s on Board briefing using #askNASA. Media can submit questions during the prelaunch news conference and the What’s on Board briefing using #askNASA or via the media phone bridge.  Contact Keith Koehler at for phone dial-in information.

On Feb. 9, live coverage of the launch will begin at 5 p.m. EST. For NASA TV downlink information, schedules and links to streaming video, visit:

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