October 20, 2018

Photos: Cargo vessel enclosed in Atlas rocket nose cone


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This photo gallery shows the commercial Cygnus cargo resupplier for the International Space Station on Monday at Kennedy Space Center being encapsulated in the United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket’s payload fairing for the planned Dec. 3 liftoff. It was mated atop the rocket on Friday.

The 14-foot-diameter shroud covers the Orbital ATK spacecraft during the initial minutes of flight as the 194-foot-tall rocket climbs through the atmosphere.

Photos: NASA-KSC

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See earlier Cygnus OA-4 coverage.

Our Atlas archive.


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