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Antares Set for Launch Saturday, Nov. 11

Inside a large clean room with the Antares rocket on its side. The rocket is open, with the top portion off on the left side of the image. The Cygnus payload is attached to the bottom half of the rocket, moved away from the top of the rocket. The rocket is white with the words "Antares" running down the side.
Integration of Orbital ATK’s Antares Rocket for CRS-8 mission.
NASA/Patrick Black

NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility and Virginia’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport are set to support the launch of Orbital ATK’s Antares rocket at 7:37 a.m. EST, Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017.

The Antares rocket will carry Orbital ATK’s Cygnus spacecraft with more than 7,000 pounds of food, clothing and experiments on the CRS-8 mission to the International Space Station.

The launch may be visible, weather permitting, to residents throughout the east coast of the United States.

Public viewing of the launch will be available at the NASA Visitor Center at Wallops and the surrounding area. Visitors are reminded that alcohol and pets are not allowed on the Visitor Center grounds. The NASA Visitor Center will open at 3:30 a.m. on Nov. 11.

For more information about the Visitors Center, including directions, see:

Live coverage of the mission is scheduled to begin at 1:15 a.m. on the Wallops Ustream site at:

Launch updates also are available via the Wallops Facebook and Twitter sites:

Smartphone users can download the “What’s Up at Wallops” app, which contains information on the launch as well as a compass showing the precise direction for launch viewing. The app is available for download to both Android and iOS users.

Launch coverage on NASA TV will begin at 7 a.m. EST. For NASA TV streaming video, downlink and scheduling information, visit:

For more information about International Space Station, visit:

Get more information about Orbital ATK, its Antares rocket and the Cygnus cargo spacecraft at:

Keith Koehler
NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility

OA-8 Visibility Map
Visibility map for the Orbital ATK’s Antares Rocket CRS-8 launch
NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility