Northrop Grumman sent a spaceship filled with supplies to the International Space Station using one of their Antares rockets early Saturday morning in a pre-dawn launch.
Devoted rocket watchers up before the sun were treated to a great view, including a shot of the rocket behind the Thomas Jefferson Memorial as the rocket lifted off from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island in Virginia. The launch was finally off the ground after weather had delayed the takeoff for two days.
If successful, this will be the 10th such mission flown by Northrop Grumman under the current contract to provide supplies, including ice cream, to astronauts stationed on the ISS.
This specific Cygnus cargo ship was named after John Young, who was NASA’s first astronaut to fly six times into space and was commander of four different vessels. The S.S. John Young is on pace to be collected by a mechanical arm on the ISS before 6 a.m. Monday morning.