One of NASA's main delivery companies launched its first space station shipment from Virginia in two years Monday night, lighting up the East Coast.
It was the first flight of Orbital ATK's unmanned Antares rocket 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 restoration, and the Antares got new Russian engines to replace the vintage ones from a half-century earlier. As the Antares streaked through the night sky from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility, it appeared as though all the work had paid off. Launch controllers applauded when the supply...
Kennedy Space Center - The Rocket Garden at the Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex at first light.(red huber/orlando sentinel) ORG XMIT: 9578