National Aviation and Space Administration (NASA) launched today successfully Antares rocket on a scientific mission and refill to the International Space Station (ISS), from the Atlantic regional space of Wallops, in eastern Virginia.
The rocket, from the Northrup Grumman company, with the Cygnus cargo ship, at 04:01 local time (09:01 GMT) lights the sky in the middle of the night. This is the ninth successful launch since the Antares program started in Wallops in 2013.
Cygnus is about to reach the ISS on Monday around 05:20 local (10:20 GMT), and then two astronauts of the International Space Station will use the station's robotic brother to catch Cygnus.
The launch was scheduled at the beginning of Thursday morning, but it was delayed due to bad weather.
The unmanned Cygnus ship carries almost four tonnes of food, equipment and research materials. One of the scientific experiments on the board will explore how the universe of the stardust was formed; while another is Parkinson's disease pathology.
Another means the production and repair of plastic materials in long journeys.
The experiments also include the incorporation of new technology, which allows melting and re-using the plastic to reduce the amount of that station material, and how much spare parts it has to do send them back, increasing efficiency and saving money.
Another experiment will analyze how muscle tissue develops in space, the Michael J. Fox project on a protein that is closely related to the development of Parkinson's disease.