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In pictures: Beautiful night launch sends Cygnus on its way

Posted By Jason Davis

23-03-2016 8:41 CDT

Topics: commercial spaceflight, pretty pictures, International Space Station

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.

Read our preview article here.

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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Read more blog entries about: commercial spaceflight, pretty pictures, International Space Station

Comments:

Bob Ware: 03/25/2016 04:08 CDT

Thanks again Jason for more great coverage and of course the launch video going all the way! Those stills beautiful too!

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