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Atlas launches Cygnus cargo spacecraft to space station |

WASHINGTON — A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 successfully launched a Cygnus cargo spacecraft on a mission to the International Space Station March 22, the second such mission in less than four months.

The Atlas 5 lifted off on schedule at 11:05 p.m. Eastern time, placing the Orbital ATK-built Cygnus into orbit a little more than 20 minutes later. The Cygnus, named the SS Rick Husband after the late commander of the shuttle Columbia’s final mission, is scheduled to arrive at the ISS on March 26.

The Cygnus is carrying more than three tons of cargo for the International Space Station, including crew supplies, vehicle hardware and experiments. That payload includes experiments ranging from an advanced 3-D printer to a flammability test that will be performed in the Cygnus after it leaves the station.

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