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Jason DavisMarch 23, 2016

In pictures: Beautiful night launch sends Cygnus on its way

Night launches are usually stunning, and yesterday's Cygnus liftoff was no exception. A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket blasted off on time from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 11:05 p.m. EDT (3:05 UTC Wednesday), carrying the Orbital ATK Cygnus cargo spacecraft into orbit. Cygnus is carrying three-and-a-half tons of crew supplies and science experiments to the International Space Station. It will arrive early Saturday morning.

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Orbital ATK Cygnus CRS-6 launch

United Launch Alliance

Orbital ATK Cygnus CRS-6 launch
Orbital ATK Cygnus CRS-6 launch

United Launch Alliance

Orbital ATK Cygnus CRS-6 launch
Orbital ATK Cygnus CRS-6 launch

NASA / Kim Shiflett

Orbital ATK Cygnus CRS-6 launch
Orbital ATK Cygnus CRS-6 launch

NASA / Kim Shiflett

Orbital ATK Cygnus CRS-6 launch
Orbital ATK Cygnus CRS-6 launch

NASA / Tony Gray & Kevin O'Connell

Orbital ATK Cygnus CRS-6 launch
Orbital ATK Cygnus CRS-6 launch

NASA / Kim Shiflett

Orbital ATK Cygnus CRS-6 launch
Orbital ATK Cygnus CRS-6 launch

NASA / Ben Smegelsky

Orbital ATK Cygnus CRS-6 launch

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