Northrop Grumman Scrubs Cygnus Cargo Launch Less Than Three Minutes Before Liftoff

Antares Rocket for Resupply Mission to International Space Station

Antares Rocket for Resupply Mission to International Space Station

Cygnus will carry approximately 8,000 pounds of crew supplies and hardware to the International Space Station, including science and research in support of dozens of research investigations. New data on the timing of the launch has not yet been reported, reports TASS.

On Sun., Feb. 9 at 5:39 p.m. EST, Northrop Grumman Corporation's Antares rocket and Cygnus spacecraft are scheduled to launch from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

People in Monmouth County to Cape May County should be able to see the launch within a minute to three minutes of liftoff, weather permitting.

The capsule carries equipment for multiple science experiments.

Northrop Grumman is one of two companies now flying delivery missions to the International Space Station for NASA. According to NASA, the research will lead to healthier food sources on Earth and in space.

Tonight, Northrop Grumman engineers will add some final cargo to the Cygnus spacecraft as part of a "late-load" process for sensitive biological experiments and other gear. For this mission, Northrop Grumman is honoring Major Robert H. Lawrence, the very first African-American astronaut in history.

Born in Chicago on October 2, 1935, Major Lawrence earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry before joining the United States Air Force as a pilot and officer.

The spacecraft is also carrying some fresh fruit, candy and - in a first - conditioned cheeses for space station astronauts, said NASA's Ven Feng, manager of the International Space Station Transportation Integration Office.

Image: Northrop Grumman's Antares rocket in a previous launch.

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