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Sounds of a Launch

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Credits: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

A rocket launch is something you have to experience, according to NASA astronaut Kay Hire.

A supply mission to the International Space Station is set to launch from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia at 4:01 a.m. EST, Saturday, Nov. 17. Northrop Grumman’s Antares rocket, carrying cargo in the company’s Cygnus spacecraft, will travel to the station with 7,400 pounds of crew supplies and hardware, including science and research in support of dozens of research investigations.

Hire describes a previous launch of an Antares rocket in May from Wallops.

Credit: Produced by Katie Atkinson and Haley Reed at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center


Crowds gathered early in the morning on May 21 to witness the Antares take flight. Hire was among them. She said witnessing a launch in person is a special experience, one that can emotionally change you.

“You actually feel this launch. Once you hear it, the sound waves actually kind of hit you,” Hire said. “It’s really such a great, visible manifestation, if you will, of all the efforts of this entire NASA team.”

The Cygnus spacecraft carried 7,400 pounds of crew supplies and science experiments to the space station.

Follow coverage of the November launch at NASA’s Northrop Grumman blog. Live television coverage and commentary will begin on NASA TV and at at 3:30 a.m. EST on Nov. 17.

Editor’s note: At the time of launch in May, Orbital ATK managed the cargo mission under NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services contract. On June 6, 2018, Orbital ATK was officially acquired by Northrop Grumman.




Last Updated
Jul 26, 2023
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