TV Coverage Wraps; Solar Array Deployment Begins Approx. 11 p.m.

Northrop Grumman’s Antares rocket carrying the Cygnus cargo spacecraft lifted off at 9:16 p.m. EDT from Virginia Space’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Space Port Pad-0A at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

Cygnus is on its way to the International Space Station with almost 8,000 pounds of cargo. At the time of launch, the station was flying over the Southern Indian Ocean.

Live launch coverage has wrapped. Shortly after 11 p.m. EDT, commands will be given to deploy the spacecraft’s solar arrays. Solar array deployment is expected to be complete by midnight.

Credit: NASA Wallops/Patrick Black
Credit: NASA Wallops/Patrick Black
Credit: NASA Wallops/Terry Zaperach
Credit: NASA Wallops/Allison Stancil

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