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NASA’s Orbital ATK launches eighth cargo mission to space

WASHINGTON: An unmanned cargo ship packed with 7,400 pounds (3,350 kilograms) of food and supplies for the astronauts living at the International Space Station blasted off Sunday from Wallops Island, Virginia. Orbital ATK's barrel-shaped Cygnus cargo ship launched atop an Antares rocket at 7:19 am (1219 GMT), a day after a last-second delay due to an unexpected aircraft in the area. "Five, four, three, two, one, and we have ignition," said Orbital ATK's mission control operator, as the rocket's engines lit up the…

Orbital cargo ship arrives at space station

MIAMI: An unmanned cargo ship operated by the US company Orbital ATK arrived on Sunday at the International Space Station, delivering 2.5 tons of food and supplies to the six astronauts living in orbit. US astronaut Kate Rubins and Japanese astronaut Takuya Onishi led the operation to grab the incoming Cygnus spaceship with the space station's robotic arm. "Capture is complete," Onishi said after the connection was made at 7:28 am (1128 GMT), likening the grapple to finishing the last stretch of a marathon. The spaceship…