Photos: Orbital Sciences' 1st Antares Rocket Test Flight

Visibility Map of Antares Launch

NASA/Wallops Flight Facility

Wondering if you will be able to view the Antares launch in person? The Wallops Mission Planning lab created this visibility map to help answer that question. Liftoff for the rocket is currently set for Wednesday, April 17, at 5 p.m. EDT (2100 GMT). This image was released April 11, 2013.

Antares Mission Vehicle Configuration

Orbital Sciences Corporation / NASA

The Antares rocket stands about 131 feet (40 meters) tall and is designed to launch payloads of more than 11,000 pounds (5,000 kilograms) into low-Earth orbit. It will make its initial launches from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Va. Image released March 2013.

Antares Rocket Atop Seaside Launch Pad

NASA/Bill Ingalls

The Orbital Sciences Corporation Antares rocket is seen on the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) Pad-0A at the NASA Wallops Flight Facility on April 16, 2013 on Wallops Island, Va.The rocket is slated to launch on April 20.

A-ONE Mission Overview

Orbital Sciences Corporation / NASA

Orbital Sciences picked Antares as the new moniker for its Taurus 2 rocket, a new medium-class booster initially slated to launch the firm's unmanned Cygnus spacecraft on space station cargo flights for NASA. Image released March 2013.

Antares Cygnus Mass Simulator

Orbital Sciences Corporation / NASA

A mass simulator is designed to mimic the weight of a real cargo ship. Image released April 11, 2013.

Antares Rocket Launch Scrubbed on April 17, 2013


Orbital Sciences' Antares rocket first test flight was scrubbed on April 17, 2013, about 12 minutes before scheduled launch. An umbilical on the second stage prematurely disconnected.

Antares Rocket on Launch Pad


Orbital Sciences' Antares rocket stands on the launch pad about one hour before scheduled launch at 4:00 pm EDT on April 17, 2013, at Wallops Flight Facility, Wallops Island, VA.

Antares Rocket From a Different Angle


A still image taken from NASA TV shows Orbital Science's Antares rocket a few minutes before its scheduled test flight on April 17, 2013, launcing from Wallops Flight Facility, Virginia.

Antares Launch Control Room


This still from NASA TV shows the control room at Wallops Flight Facility, Wallops Island, VA, April 17, 2013, a few minutes before the scheduled launch of Orbital Sciences' Antares rocket.

Close-Up of Antares Rocket


NASA TV shows a close-up of Orbital Sciences' Antares Rocket a few minutes before scheduled launch on April 17, 2013, from Wallops Flight Facility, Wallops Island, VA.

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