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WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. — After a series of delays, a robotic spacecraft built by the private company Orbital Sciences is counting down to launch today (July 13) on a mission to deliver experiments and supplies to the astronauts living aboard International Space Station.

You can watch the launch live on Space.com, courtesy of NASA TV. The webcast will begin at 12 p.m. EDT (1600 GMT), and liftoff from the Eastern Shore of Virginia is set for 12:52 p.m. EDT (16:52 GMT). Weather permitting, the huge rocket may be visible over parts of the U.S. East Coast as it streaks out over the Atlantic...

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The entrepreneurs of new technologies like to flock together. Those behind “New Space” are no different. And the place they are clustering is the middle of a desert

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  • Viewing Map

People along the east coast of the United States should get a great opportunity to see a rocket launch from their own backyards this week.

Weather permitting, observers from Massachusetts to the Carolinas could see an International Space Station-bound Cygnus...

  • Cygnus detaching from ISS

Orbital Sciences’ Cygnus spacecraft ends its mission today with a blazing reentry over the Pacific Ocean east of New Zealand, carrying more than a ton of trash from the International Space Station.

Astronauts aboard the space station loaded the unmanned...

  • Cygnus on Launchpad

An unmanned cargo ship successfully berthed with the orbiting International Space Station on Sunday following a one-week delay due to a technical glitch, NASA said.

ISS astronauts “successfully captured the Orbital Sciences Cygnus cargo spacecraft with the...

  • SpaceX Dragon launch

A successful launch and a separate in-orbit rendezvous on Sunday, both funded largely with corporate dollars, are accelerating what amounts to the privatization of NASA’s current human spaceflight efforts.

Orbital Sciences Corp. became the second commercial entity to send a...

  • Cygnus Launch

A slight glitch means docking is on hold until after new crew arrives on Soyuz.

After an apparently flawless launch last week, Orbital Sciences' Cygnus capsule was supposed to have docked on the International Space Station over the weekend. It didn't happen. Apparently, some of the data being sent down to Earth from the vehicle wasn't formatted properly, and it took a couple of days to devise a fix and get it in place. The delay pushed the window for docking too close to the arrival of a new crew, set to lift off from Baikonur Cosmodrome on Wednesday afternoon (Eastern US time)....

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