Outer Space: The new ZIP Code

by / Wednesday, 18 September 2013 / Published in Blog - Space Log
Sending a package to outer space isn’t quite as easy as sending it via USPS, UPS or Fed Ex, but it’s getting there.If all goes well this morning, Cygnus, will blast off from Wallops Island, VA to deliver approximately 1500 pounds of gear, food, clothing and a printer to the International Space Station.Crews in space have already received three loads of freight on robotic spaceships belonging to California based SpaceXbut Cygnus is owned by a rival company. When two companies have delivered goods to the ISS successfully, it’s now an industry, not just a successful feat.

Launch time is 10:50 AM EST. There’s only a slight possibility of a low cloud ceiling. The 132 Antares rocket stands fueled and ready.

Anybody got a care package they want to send?

Story CREDIT: Traci Watson, USA Today

Cygnus /ˈsɪɡnəs/ is a northern constellation lying on the plane of the Milky Way, deriving its name from the Latinized Hellenic (Greek) word for swan. CREDIT: Wikipedia

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