Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus resupply spacecraft is on its way to the station with about 7,500 pounds of science investigations and cargo after launching at 3:21 p.m. EST on Saturday, Feb. 15, from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. At the time of liftoff, the International Space Station was flying 258 statute miles over the western Pacific, northeast of the Northern Mariana Island.
The spacecraft launched on an Antares rocket from the Virginia Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport’s Pad-0A at Wallops.
Northrop Grumman named the NG CRS-13 Cygnus spacecraft after former astronaut Robert Henry Lawrence Jr. Major Lawrence was selected in honor of his prominent place in history as the first African American astronaut.
This is Northrop Grumman’s 13th cargo flight to the space station and will support dozens of new and existing investigations.
Follow the Cygnus spacecraft’s arrival to the orbiting laboratory on the space station blog and by following @space_station and @ISS_Research on Twitter as well as the ISS Facebook and ISS Instagram accounts.