An unmanned cargo ship blasted off for the International Space Station on a resupply run that will also feature an unprecedented fire experiment after the craft leaves the orbiting outpost.
NASA agreed Friday that a private California aerospace company could continue to build an experimental launch vehicle expected eventually to ferry astronauts to the International Space Station.
An unmanned rocket owned by Orbital Sciences Corporation exploded Tuesday in a giant fireball and plummeted back to Earth just seconds after launch on what was to be a resupply mission to the International Space Station.
First it was Lady GaGa, then Johnny Depp, and now it's Eric Cantona. Singers, movie stars and footballers are all being linked to Doctor Who, the science-fiction TV series starring Matt Smith and Karen Gillan.
From left to right, Wallops Flight Facility director Bill Wrobel; Chris Scolese, director of the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.; NASA Administrator Charles Bolden; and former astronaut Frank Culbertson, now of Orbital Sciences Corp., pose in front of Orbital's Cygnus space capsule at Wallops near Chincoteague, Va., in 2012.
Matt Smith (aka the Doctor) on stage with Orbital at Glastonbury 2010, performing "Dr Who".
Glastonbury 2010, Orbital/Matt Smith screenshot
TAKEOFF: Photo shows Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, where a planned resupply mission to the International Space Station is expected to be launched Thursday.