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ATLAS 5 ROCKET SUCCESSFULLY BOOSTS CYGNUS CARGO SHIP ON TREK TO SPACE STATION

ATLAS 5 ROCKET SUCCESSFULLY BOOSTS CYGNUS CARGO SHIP ON TREK TO SPACE STATION Loaded with supplies to keep the International Space Station’s crew fed, clothed and busy with new science projects, a Cygnus cargo vessel sped into orbit today atop an Atlas 5 rocket. The 194-foot-tall United Launch Alliance rocket was activated and tested during a seven-hour countdown at its Complex 41 pad, leading to cryogenic fueling with 66,000 gallons of liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen. With the final status check confirming readiness at T-minus 25 seconds — “Go Atlas,” “Go Centaur,” “Go OA-7” — the computer-controlled countdown proceeded flawlessly and the main engine roared to life at 11:11:26 a.m. EDT (1511:26 GMT).   More



(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Apr 19)

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