NASA providing 1st live 360-degree view of rocket launch

NASA providing 1st live 360-degree view of rocket launch

"Starting 10 minutes prior to launch, at about 11 a.m. ET, the camera will stream video that you can manipulate", Rick Glasby of member station WFIT reports.

The weather forecast for Tuesday's launch attempt was 90 percent favorable, with only a small chance of cumulus clouds interfering with takeoff.

Cygnus is carrying more than 7,600 pounds (3,400 kilograms) of cargo to the orbital laboratory, including crew supplies, hardware, scientific experiments and 38 CubeSats that will be deployed from either the spacecraft or space station in the coming months.

On Thursday Russia will launch the crewed Soyuz MS-04 to to the International Space Station, carrying NASA astronaut Jack Fischer and Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin.

Highlights from the new experiments will include studies on cancer-fighting drugs, crystal growth and atmospheric reentry.

The S.S. John Glenn will be the seventh Cygnus cargo run to the station as part of Orbital ATK's $1.9 billion Commercial Resupply Services contract with NASA.

Three minutes later, the Orbital ATK Cygnus cargo ship, named in honor of John Glenn, the first American in orbit, was released from the Centaur to fly on its own. Docking at the station's upper Poisk module is expected around 9:23 a.m. that same morning. Gen. Wayne Monteith, 45th Space Wing commander and Launch Decision Authority for this mission. "It's no exception for this week".

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The AF is also predicting the same 90 percent chance of "go" conditions at launch time. However, spectators aren't just waiting for the completion of the mission but also for the new virtual reality compatible 360-degree video footage of the launch on April 18.

Orbital ATK Cygnus spacecraft will be launched on April 18, 2017, to resupply the International Space Station.

Rocket launches are about to become more interesting than it already is.

"That is why we do this", Thorp said.

The launch was delayed from March due to hydraulics leaks on the booster and ground support equipment. Here's the link to NASA TV.

After the launch, Kennedy Space Center Director Bob Cabana asked Diller what he thought of his last launch.

Glenn, the former US senator who died last December at 95, inspired multiple generations when he became the first American in orbit at the dawn of the Space Race with the Soviet Union, and later the oldest person in space as a 77-year-old crew member aboard the shuttle Discovery in 1998.

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