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Photos: Orbital Sciences' Orb-2 Space Station Delivery Mission

Antares Rocket and Water Tower

NASA/Bill Ingalls

Beneath a water tower, the Orbital Sciences Corporation Antares rocket carrying the Cygnus spacecraft is seen on launch Pad-0A, July 10, 2014, at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Launch is scheduled for July 11.

Antares Rocket Begins Rollout

NASA/Bill Ingalls

The Orbital Sciences Corporation Antares rocket, with the Cygnus spacecraft onboard, rolls out of the Horizontal Integration Facility to begin the roughly half-mile journey to launch Pad-0A, on July 10, 2014, at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Launch of the Orb-2 mission is scheduled for July 11.

Brookhaven Academy Student Researchers

SSEP

Brookhaven Academy student researchers examine their bacterium, Ralstonia eutropha. Mission 5 of the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP) is scheduled to launch to the space station on July 11, 2014, aboard the Orbital Sciences Corp. Cygnus cargo ship (Orb-2 mission).

Smart SPHERES to Fly on Orb-2 Mission

NASA/Ames

Orbital Sciences Corporation's Cygnus spacecraft will carry cargo on its upcoming Orb-2 commercial resupply mission to the International Space Station, scheduled to launch on July 11, 2014. This prototype free-flying space robot equipped with a smartphone, known as Smart SPHERES (Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient Experimental Satellites), will travel onboard the cargo ship.

Northland Preparatory Academy Students

SSEP

Seventh graders from Northland Preparatory Academy prepare their onion cell study. Mission 5 of the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP) is scheduled to launch to the International Space Station on July 11, 2014, aboard the Orbital Sciences Corp. Cygnus cargo ship (Orb-2 mission).

Santa Rosa, California, Students

SSEP

Santa Rosa, California, students work with Triops longicaudatus, or tadpole shrimp. Mission 5 of the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP) is scheduled to launch to the International Space Station on July 11, 2014, aboard the Orbital Sciences Corp. Cygnus cargo ship (Orb-2 mission).

Antares Fairing Installed

NASA's Wallops Flight Facility

Workers install the payload fairing on the Orbital Sciences Antares rocket at the Horizontal Integration Facility at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, July 8, 2014. The Antares rocket is scheduled to launch July 11.

Antares Payload Fairing Encapsulation

Orbital Sciences Corp. (via Twitter as @OrbitalSciences

On July 8, 2014, Orbital Sciences tweeted this photo of their Cygnus payload fairing encapsulation ahead of a planned launch to the International Space Station on July 11.

Antares Rocket for Orb-2

Orbital

The Antares Rocket for Orb-2 Mission is seen being lifted onto the Transporter/Erector/Launcher (TEL). The stage one core for the next mission (Orb-3) lies at the left.

Antares Orb-2 Mission Launch VIsibility Map

NASA GSFC WFF

This map shows where the Antares rocket launching the Orb-2 mission of Orbital Sciences will be visible. Launch is planned for Friday, July 11, 2014, at 1:40 p.m. EDT, from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

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