Northrop Grumman’s Antares rocket is set to lift off from the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia tomorrow afternoon. The rocket has a 5-minute window to launch and the current liftoff time is set for 12:36pm EST. The Wallops Range forecast includes a 75% chance of favorable weather during the time of scheduled liftoff.
NASA will be covering the launch live on their YouTube stream or on NASA TV starting at 12 PM EST. Rendezvous and docking will occur bright and early at 3 am EST, Monday 2/22. The mission is being called CRS-15. Along with carrying food and supplies, the Cygnus spacecraft carries many new exciting experiments onboard.
Here are some of the experiments that are going up on the mission along with links to read about them.
Characterization of the Function and Stability of Bacteriorhodopsin Following Exposure to a Microgravity Environment
Determining Muscle Strength in Space-flown Caenorhabditis elegans
Phase II Real-time Protein Crystal Growth on Board the International Space Station
Artemis HERA on Space Station