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Orbital-1 Launch’s 10th Anniversary

A white rocket launches upward, leaving a short trail of vapor behind it. The flame at the bottom of the rocket is a bright spot near the center of the photo. To the left of the rocket is a white tower and other structures. Thick plumes of white smoke frame the field in the foreground.
NASA/Bill Ingalls

An Orbital Sciences Corporation (now Northrop Grumman) Antares rocket carrying the Cygnus spacecraft launches from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia on Thursday, January 9, 2014. The Orbital-1 mission was Orbital Sciences’ first contracted cargo delivery flight to the space station for NASA. Cygnus brought science experiments, crew provisions, spare parts and other hardware to the space station. One NASA experiment studied the decreased effectiveness of antibiotics during spaceflight, while another examined how different fuel samples burned in microgravity.

Learn more about the first operational Cygnus cargo mission.

Image Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls