In Photos: Orbital ATK's OA-8 Cygnus Cargo Launch to Space Station

Time to Reflect

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A puddle left by recent rainfall reflects the Antares rocket, with Cygnus spacecraft, aboard the transporter as it leaves the Horizontal Integration Facility at Wallops.

Point of No Return

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The Antares rocket, aboard the transporter, crosses into the launch area in preparation for Orbital ATK's eighth contracted cargo resupply with NASA.

Moving Along

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The Antares rocket continues its journey to the International Space Station on the road to Launch Pad-0A at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility.

Getting on the Road

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The transporter is steered onto the road to the launchpad carrying the Antares rocket and Cygnus spacecraft. The Orbital ATK 8 mission will carry 7,400 pounds of gear to the International Space Station.

Rollout Begins

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Driving the Antares rocket atop the transporter, Orbital ATK Mechanical Technician Phil Kauthen moves the assembly out of the Horizontal Integration Facility.


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Technicians ready the Antares rocket and Cygnus spacecraft for the journey from the Horizontal Integration Facility to Launch Pad-0A at Wallops Flight Facility.

Loaded Up and Ready

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The Anatares will carry thousands of pounds of science and research materials, crew supplies and vehicle hardware to the International Space Station.

Leaving the Facility

Bill Ingalls/NASA

At the Horizontal Integration Facility, Orbital ATK's Antares rocket, with Cygnus spacecraft attached, begins its journey to Launch Pad-0A.

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