October 28, 2021

Photos: Antares rocket lifts offs on space station cargo mission


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A two-stage Northrop Grumman Antares booster lifted off Nov. 2 from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport on Virginia’s Eastern Shore with a Cygnus cargo freighter on the way to the International Space Station.

These photos show the 139-foot-tall (42.5-meter) rocket climbing into the sky from pad 0A at the spaceport at Wallops Island, Virginia. The Antares rocket rode the power of two RD-181 engines off the pad at 9:59 a.m. EDT (1359 GMT) on Saturday, Nov. 2.

The RD-181 engines generated some 860,000 pounds of thrust to propel the Antares launcher toward space. A solid-fueled Castor 30XL second stage later ignited to inject the Cygnus supply ship into orbit.

The Cygnus cargo carrier reached the space station Monday, Nov. 4, with more than 4 tons of equipment, experiments, crew provisions and other gear.

Read our full story for details on the launch.

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