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Orbital Sciences launches first cargo mission to space station

Published on Jan 10, 2014 2:45 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Orbital Sciences Corporation on Thursday launched its unmanned Cygnus cargo ship on the company's first regular supply mission to the International Space Station.

The liftoff of the Antares rocket carrying the ship took place at 1:07 pm from Wallops Island, Virginia, according to footage carried by the US space agency NASA's television network.

The first stage of the rocket was expected to run for four minutes and 20 seconds before separating.

The second stage motors would then fire for two minutes 30 seconds before the Cygnus capsule separated, completing the successful launch.

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