The Amazing Predawn Antares Rocket Launch of Cygnus NG-10 in Photos

Arrival Time

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On Nov. 12, 2018, a Northrop Grumman Antares rocket makes it to Launch Pad-0A in preparation for the imminent launch of the company's 10th contracted cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station.

Readying the Rocket

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At Launch Pad-0A, the Antares rocket is prepared for the upcoming cargo resupply mission delivering more than 7,500 pounds of supplies and hardware to the International Space Station.

Up It Goes

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On Nov. 13, the Antares rocket rises to vertical position on the launch pad. Soon it will deliver Northrop Grumman's 10th contracted cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station.

Awaiting Launch

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The Antares rocket, sitting vertical on the launch pad, will carry thousands of pounds of supplies and hardware to the International Space Station.

Prepared for Launch

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The Cygnus spacecraft, atop the Northrop Grumman Antares rocket, awaits the impending launch on Launch Pad-0A.

A Night and A Day

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After sunset on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, the Northrop Grumman Antares rocket, with Cygnus spacecraft atop, sits silently on Launch Pad-0A waiting for the upcoming launch. The rocket will carry the latest cargo resupply mission, the 10th such mission for Northrop Grumman, to the International Space Station.

Heading Up and Out

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The 10th contracted cargo resupply mission for Northrop Grumman will be carried out by the Antares rocket and mated Cygnus spacecraft. The duo will carry about 7,500 pounds of science and research, crew supplies and vehicle hardware to the orbital laboratory and its crew.

A Noble Guard

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As if watching over the vehicle, a bald eagle sits majestically atop a lightning tower near the Antares rocket and Cygnus spacecraft as it awaits its upcoming cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station.

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