November 9, 2017

Wallops readies for next Virginia launch to the space station

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Here’s a science question for you: E. coli, microclover and a virtual reality camera — what do they have in common?

Answer: They’ll all be aboard the Cygnus cargo spacecraft set to launch early Saturday from Virginia’s spaceport on Wallops Island to the International Space Station.

Stand outside at 7:37 a.m., look eastward and, weather and launch parameters permitting, you could see a medium-lift Antares rocketing off on a mission to deliver a whole suite of science experiments, groceries and hardware to the latest ISS crew members now living in low-Earth orbit.