CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Fresh supplies are due to ship out late Tuesday for the International Space Station, where the shelves finally are getting full after a string of failed supply runs.
An unmanned Atlas V (five) rocket is scheduled to blast off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, at 11:05 p.m. by the light of a nearly full moon. Ideal weather is forecast.
Orbital ATK's Cygnus capsule holds nearly 8,000 pounds of food, equipment and scientific research for NASA, including a commercial-quality 3-D printer anyone can rent. Named after the swan constellation, the Cygnus is one of two commercial vehicles used to stock the station. Both haulers have lost shipments because of rocket failures.
NASA hopes to get back on track with this Cygnus mission and a SpaceX Dragon delivery in less than three weeks.