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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Young space enthusiasts in Virginia will be able to chat live with NASA astronaut Christina Koch about what it's like to live in space.

The Slover Library in Norfolk will be the host site for a live downlink event from the International Space Station on Aug. 9. Koch is set to be in space for 328 days, setting the record for the longest single spaceflight by a woman.

Approximately 200 students will at the library to ask Koch questions.

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An Antares rocket is set to launch another resupply mission to the International Space Station. Delmarva Public Radio's Steve Plotkin has this preview.

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The cargo will include not only general equipment and supplies for the International Space Station but also student experiments which have a long history at the facility. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with Wallops Flight Facility spokesman Keith Kohler about the flight.

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WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) - Officials say the next launch from Virginia's spaceport to the International Space Station will help with more than 40 scientific investigations including into Alzheimer's, hearts, atmospheric carbon dioxide and free-flying robots.

News outlets report Northrop Grumman's commercial resupply mission for NASA will lift off Wednesday afternoon from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport. A rocket will take an unmanned spacecraft with about 7,500 pounds of payload (3,400 kilograms) to the ISS.

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WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) - Three small satellites that were developed at public universities in Virginia will be lifting off into space next month.

Old Dominion University in Norfolk said in a press release that the satellites will be aboard Northrop Grumman's Antares launch to the International Space Station. Liftoff is scheduled for April 17 from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia's Eastern Shore.

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The International Space Station resupply rocket launched from Wallops Flight Facility has reached its destination.

(AP) The rocket blasted off from Virginia with space station supplies, the second shipment in two days.

Northrop Grumman launched its Antares rocket from Wallops Island before dawn Saturday. The Russian Space Agency launched its own load of supplies to the International Space Station on Friday, just 15 hours earlier.

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There’s been another delay in the rocket launch from Wallops Flight Facility.

The mission to resupply the International Space Station is now scheduled for Saturday due to the rainy weather.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that each day the launched is moved 20 to 25 minutes earlier.

It had been set for 4:23 a.m. on Friday.

The probability for problems with the launch is 55 percent for tomorrow.

Officials said that drops to 5 percent on Saturday.  

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With the bad weather rolling into the area the Wallops Flight Facility has postponed the launch of the resupply mission to the International Space Station.

It is now scheduled for Friday morning.

Originally, it had been set to lift of the launch pad on Thursday.

But the increasing forecast for heavy rain forced the delay with the chance of problems rising from 40 percent to 70 percent.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Friday’s liftoff is scheduled for 4:23 a.m.

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WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) - An unmanned cargo rocket is scheduled to blast off this week from Virginia's coast to the International Space Station.

The Daily Press reports that the launch is scheduled for shortly before 5 a.m. Thursday at the spaceport on Wallops Island along the Eastern Shore. The unmanned Cygnus cargo craft will carry 7,500 pounds of groceries, hardware and research.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - High school students in Virginia got to learn about the challenges of life in microgravity directly from an American astronaut aboard the International Space Station.

Astronaut Drew Feustel spoke to students visiting NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia's Eastern Shore on Thursday using a video link. It's part of an effort to boost interest in science, technology and math.

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - The International Space Station has accepted delivery of more than 7,000 pounds of supplies from Virginia.

A commercial cargo ship arrived at the orbiting lab Thursday, three days after launching from Wallops Island.

Virginia-based Orbital ATK shipped the goods for NASA in a Cygnus capsule, which is named after the swan constellation. The space station's U.S. crew used a big robot arm to snag the Cygnus from orbit 250 miles up.

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It was liftoff time at Wallops Flight Facility as thousands gathered to witness the launch of the Orbital ATK Antares rocket this morning.

The time was 4:44 a.m.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that with a loud boom the rocket rose into the sky on its way to resupply the International Space Station.

It was carrying more than 3 tons of supplies as well as tiny satellites known as “CubeSats” which will be deployed after the Cygnus spacecraft leaves the space station on July 15th.

Inclement weather postponed the launch on Sunday.

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Thousands are expected to show up on Monday morning for the launch of an Orbital ATK rocket at the Wallops Flight Facility.

It will be carrying around 74-hundred pounds of supplies and science experiments to the International Space Station.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that it is expected to lift off during the 4 o-clock hour with a 30 percent chance of rain that day.

The rocket will be carrying the Cygnus spacecraft with the supplies including tiny satellites known as “CubeSats.”

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - A load of supplies is headed to the International Space Station, this time from Virginia's eastern shore.

NASA's commercial shipper, Orbital ATK, launched the cargo ship Sunday morning from Wallops Island, aboard an unmanned Antares rocket.

The Cygnus capsule should reach the orbiting lab Tuesday. It's loaded with 7,400 pounds of cargo - including lots of ice cream and frozen fruit bars for the six station astronauts.

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Another resupply mission to the International Space Station is set to liftoff from the Wallops Flight facility tomorrow morning at around 7:30 a.m.

This will be the second resupply launch after the 2014 explosion on the launch pad.

Delmarva Public Radio’s Don Rush spoke with Keith Kohler with Wallops about tomorrow morning’s launch.

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The Wallops Flight Facility had a successful launch this week with the sounding rocket that went vapors into space to track the motion of particles more than a 100 miles above the earth's surface.

But the spaceport is gearing up for a set of more impressive launches -- the missions to resupply the International Space Station.

Kurt Eberly, vice president of Orbital ATK Antares, said there is a contract for a total of ten resupply missions.

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The Wallops Flight facility resumed its Antares rocket launches to resupply the International Space Station after a two year delay. In October of 2014 another Antares rocket carrying supplies in the Cygnus spacecraft exploded on the launch pad destroying the payload, the rocket and the launch pad. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush looks at this week's launch and the brightening prospects for the Eastern Shore facility.

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - One of NASA's main delivery companies has launched its first space station shipment from Virginia in two years.

Orbital ATK's unmanned Antares rocket blasted off Monday night from Wallops Island. It was the first flight of an Antares since a launch explosion on Oct. 28, 2014, that wrecked the pad and destroyed everything on the space station supply run. For the long-awaited comeback, the pad underwent a $15 million face-lift, and the rocket got new Russian engines.

The launch provided a show for sky gazers along much of the East Coast.

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The Antares rocket resupply mission to the International Space Station is set to take place tonight after its Sunday launch was scrubbed.

The rocket is expected to take off at 7:40 p.m.

WBOC reports that NASA officials say that a ground support equipment cable did not check out during the pre-launch count down.

The rocket had been scheduled to get off the ground last week but was delayed by Hurricane Matthew.

The rocket’s Cygnus Space Craft will be carrying 5-thousand pounds of supplies to the International Space Station.

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There’s been a delay for the launch of the Antares rocket that will send supplies to the International Space Station.

The Wallops Flight Facility says it is now scheduled for this Friday October 14th – one day later than originally planned.

It’s expected to lift off at 8:51 p.m.

WBOC reports there was a minor vehicle processing issue over the last few days along with the impact of Hurricane Matthew.

Officials say the scheduled launch is still tentative pending the pre-testing procedures and weather conditions.

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On October 13th the Wallops Flight facility is set to launch another resupply mission to the International Space Station.  

NASA and Wallops officials say they have successfully completed their pre-launch review of the Anteres rocket that will take the Cygnus spacecraft into orbit.

WBOC reports that people on the East Coast should be able to see the rocket when it is set to lift off at 9:13 p.m. depending on weather conditions.

This will be the first resupply mission at Wallops since a rocket exploded on the launch pad in October of 2014.

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Wallops Island Flight Facility officials will make another attempt at liftoff for the Orbital ATK’s rocket in late September.

Its launch has been delayed twice now having been scheduled for Spring and then the Summer.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the program has been delayed ever since the October explosion in 2014 on the Wallops launch pad.

That mission was to carry supplies to the International Space Station in the Cygnus spacecraft.

The Daily Times reports that engineers are still looking into the outcome a test fire back in May.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - NASA says the commercial space company Orbital ATK will send a resupply rocket to the International Space Station around Aug. 22. The launch will be the firm's first from Virginia since a 2014 mishap that destroyed a NASA payload and damaged Virginia's state-owned launch pad.

NASA announced the tentative launch date Thursday, saying the unmanned spacecraft will carry supplies and vehicle hardware to the space station's crew.

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Wallops Flight Facility technicians have successfully completed the test firing of the engines of the new Antares rocket.

The test on the launch pad lasted around 30 second at 100% capacity.

WBOC reports that the new rockets are Russian made.

Designers decided to use them after the launch failure that led to an explosion on lift off for a mission that was to resupply the International Space Station.

The launch pad has been undergoing repairs for the last year and a-half at a cost of $15 million.

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The new upgraded Antares rocket is set to be unveiled at Wallops Flight Facility launch pad this week.

If the hot-fire testing of the rocket works out Orbital ATK expects a launch sometime in July.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that this would be the first liftoff from Wallops since a resupply mission to the International Space Station exploded on the launch pad almost two years ago.

The paper reports that the explosion caused $15 million in damage to the launch pad.

NASA has contracted with both Orbital and SpaceX to bring supplies to the space station.

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NASA officials say they have not determined exactly why a rocket exploded a year ago at the Wallops Flight Facility.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the possibilities range from the bearings in a pump not being able to take the pressure and a defect in the turbine housing to foreign debris in the pump itself.

The Antares rocket was loaded with thousands of pounds of food and supplies bound for the International Space Station before it exploded 15 seconds after it was launched.

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The Wallops Flight facility has cancelled the launch of a sounding rocket today.

But it has rescheduled it for tomorrow.

The recent stormy weather from Hurricane Joaquin forced the NASA facility to delay the launch.

The suborbital Black Brant IX sounding rocket will take off between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. tomorrow night.

And it should be visible to residents in the Mid-Atlantic region.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the launch will be testing the Black Brant motor in a two stage rocket.

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There’s a new report by NASA’s Inspector General’s office on the Antares rocket project to send Orbital Science’s resupply mission to the International Space Station.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the study found the first two launches for December and March from Cape Canaveral will be combined with another company’s payload.

The paper says that the report says it is not clear how they will work together.

In addition, the Daily Times reports that two launches at Wallops in 2016 will carry more supplies to eliminate one of the planned flights.

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The Salisbury-based Harkins Contracting Incorporated has been tapped to build a new Mission Launch Command Center at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility.

It will spread out over 14-thousand square feet becoming the central location for rocket control, their payloads and other support systems.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Orbital Sciences has agreed to insure a state-owned launch pad in Virginia following a rocket explosion that damaged the Wallops Island facility.

An unmanned commercial supply rocket bound for the International Space Station exploded moments after liftoff on Oct. 28. Orbital has previously said preliminary investigation results point to a failure in one of the two main engines involved in the first stage of launch. The Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority owns and operates the launch pad and says severe damage was spared, but repairs are necessary.

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The environmental impact report on the explosion of the Antares rocket at Wallops Flight Facility is in.

And, it found that some of the most serious occurred inside the 50 foot crater that saw ground water seep into the hole created by the rocket as it exploded 15 seconds after liftoff.

Around the site there was contamination from perchlorate which is used to make the rocket fuel.

That could pose a risk to the workers.

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