NASA’s next rocket launch is set for this evening and YOU can actually take part virtually! 

According to a media release from the space agency, you can grab a cool drink and some shades and get ready to watch the launch! Northrop Grumman is targeting the liftoff of its Antares rocket and Cygnus spacecraft for no earlier than 5:56 pm from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Launch coverage will be on NASA TV beginning at 5:30 pm. 

Northrop Grumman’s 16th contracted cargo resupply services mission will be delivering more than 8,200 pounds of science and research, crew supplies, and spacecraft hardware to the International Space Station.  

Some pretty neat stuff is heading to the orbital laboratory including experiments that will demonstrate 3D printing with dust, use engineered tissue to study muscle loss, and analyze the growth of slime mold. Fun! 

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Here’s where the fun begins for you! 

To learn more about how you can participate, RSVP to the Facebook event and stay up to date on launch information, mission highlights, and more. 

The public is invited to participate in a virtual #NASAsocial event for the Northrop Grumman CRS-16 Cargo Resupply mission. The #Cygnus spacecraft will carry nearly 8,200 pounds of cargo to the International Space Station. It will launch from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport’s Pad 0A launch pad. The launch will be live-streamed. 

NASA says that since it cannot invite the public onsite for one of its usual NASA Social events, the age it is excited to be able to present an opportunity for people of all ages from all around the world to participate. 

If you attend the virtual event, NASA would like you to follow some rules. Here they are: 

By attending this event, you are agreeing to these group rules from the admins for posting to the discussion: 

  1. No Promotions or Spam
    While we respect what you do, please refrain from promoting any websites to promote your business. Anything considered self-promotion will be promptly removed from the group.
  1. Respect Everyone's Privacy
    Being part of this group requires mutual trust. Authentic, expressive discussions make groups great, but may also be sensitive and private.
  1. No Profanity
    Please refrain from using profanity in this group. If used, your post or comment will be taken down promptly.
  1. No Hate Speech, Bullying, or Divisive Comments
    Comments characterized as bullying, degrading and divisive are NOT allowed. Negative commentary about things like race, religion, culture, sexual orientation, gender or identity, and politics will not be tolerated.
  1. Stay Relevant
    We are here to celebrate the upcoming NG CRS-15 mission. Please refrain from posting anything unrelated to the group.
  1. Offenders May Be Removed and Blocked


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