Northrop Grumman Antares CRS-11 Launch

The Northrop Grumman Antares rocket, with Cygnus resupply spacecraft onboard, launches from Pad-0A, Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Northrop Grumman’s 11th contracted cargo resupply mission for NASA to the International Space Station will deliver about 7,600 pounds of science and research, crew supplies and vehicle hardware to the orbital laboratory and its crew. Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls)

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) — NASA has announced plans to launch a rocket from Virginia to the International Space Station next month.

A news release says Northrop Grumman's Cygnus spacecraft will take off from Wallops Island as early as the afternoon of Oct. 21. NASA says the goal is to deliver science investigations, supplies and equipment.

The mission includes the testing of a vest created to protect astronauts from radiation, a special oven to study baking food in microgravity and a device to explore recycling plastics for a space device. A module will be mounted to the space station to look for evidence of "dark, strange and anti-matter" in an effort to understand how the universe was formed. Several spacewalks will include astronauts cutting and reconnecting fluid lines, which hasn't been done before in space.


PHOTOS: Antares rocket launch from Wallops Island, Va.

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