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WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. -- At 4:46 pm EDT (2046 GMT) today (April 17), Northrop Grumman's Antares rocket will ignite, launching a robotic Cygnus cargo vessel packed with 7,600 lbs. (3,447 kilograms) of hardware, crew supplies and scientific experiments toward the International Space Station (ISS).
The mission, known as NG-11, will be the 11th and final flight of NASA's first Commercial Resupply Services program (CRS-1). The rocket will launch from Pad-0A at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Currently, the weather forecast is promising, and conditions are favorable for a successful launch.
Wallops - Crowds - Launch - Today - Doug
Wallops is expecting record-high crowds for the launch today, Doug Voss, the Deputy Chief of Range and Mission in the Management Office at the facility, said during a news conference yesterday (April 16).
There are several reasons for the attendance surge, Voss said. One is the accessible late-afternoon timeframe, a departure from most Wallops launches, which tend to occur very early in the morning. In addition, some students in the region are on spring break, meaning they and their families are more free to travel. And other students have made the trip because they're involved in scientific investigations headed for the ISS aboard the Cygnus.
Crowds - NG-11 - Lift - Today - Launch
But don't worry: you won't have to brave the crowds to watch NG-11 lift off today. You can watch the launch live here at Space.com, courtesy of NASA TV, or directly at NASA Live....
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