Northrop Grumman Antares Cygnus NASA
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Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus resupply spacecraft has successfully launched from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia and is on its way to the International Space Station with approximately 7,500 pounds of science investigations as well as cargo after launching at 3:21 p.m. EST Saturday. The spacecraft launched with an automated command to initiate solar array deploy, which begins at 4:40 p.m., around 1 hour and 19 minutes after launch. Solar array deployment will take approximately 30 minutes. Read more for the launch stream video and additional information.



Cygnus is currently scheduled to arrive at the ISS around 4:05 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18. Coverage of the spacecraft’s approach and arrival will startat 2:30 a.m. on NASA Television and astronaut Andrew Morgan will use the space station’s robotic arm to capture Cygnus, while NASA’s Jessica Meir monitors telemetry. The spacecraft will stay at the space station until May.

LEGO Ideas NASA Apollo Saturn V 21309 Outer Space Model Rocket for Kids and Adults, Science Building Kit (1969 Pieces)
  • Bring to life the rocket launch that took humans to the moon with the meter-high (approximately 1: 110 scale) model rocket of the NASA Apollo Saturn V. This space toy with astronaut figures lets you role play the many missions the Saturn V completed.
  • The Saturn V rocket kit includes 3 removable rocket stages (first, s-ii second, and s-ivb third) below the launch escape system, command and service module. Plus, there are 2 minifigures to accompany the Lunar Lander and splashdown rocket toy.
  • After building the Saturn V rocket, you can display the spacecraft horizontally with 3 stands. The Lunar Lander docks with the command and service modules while the Lunar Orbiter sends the rocket into space.
  • Recreate space adventures with this NASA toy and action figures based off of the included booklet about the manned Apollo Moon missions and the fan designers of this build and play set
  • This spaceship toy measures over 39-inches (100 centimeter) high and 6-inches (17 centimeter) in diameter. It includes 1,969 pieces and is ideal for boys and girls 14 years or older.
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LEGO City Space Deep Space Rocket and Launch Control 60228 Model Rocket Building Kit with Toy Monorail, Control Tower and Astronaut Minifigures, Fun STEM Toy for Creative Play (837 Pieces)
  • Build a large multi-stage rocket and opening launch control tower with interactive play experience, plus a monorail system to transport astronauts from the tower to the training grounds and rocket!
  • Includes 6 LEGO City minifigures: 2 astronauts, 2 scientists, Launch Director, ground crew technician and a robot figure, plus a space telescope, rover with articulated arm and a launchpad
  • Rocket standing measures over 16-inch (42cm) high, 4-inch (11cm) wide and 2-inch (6cm) deep Launch Control closed measures over 7-inch (18cm) high, 5-inch (13cm) wide and 5-inch (13cm) deep Launchpad with closed tower arms measures over 9-inch (24cm) high, 4-inch (12cm) wide and 4-inch (12cm) deep Monorail track measures over 3-inch (8cm) high,14-inch (36cm) long and 18-inch (47cm) wide
  • 837 pieces – Inspired by NASA astronaut toy for boys and girls aged 7+ and for fans and kids of all ages
  • This LEGO City Deep Space Rocket and Launch Control 60228 NASA-inspired gift set makes a great gift for kids and can be built together with all other original LEGO sets and LEGO bricks for more creative play

Mobile SpaceLab, a tissue and cell culturing facility, offers investigators a quick-turnaround platform to perform sophisticated microgravity biology experiments. Such experiments are critical for determining how microgravity affects human physiology and identifying ways to mitigate negative effects. The platform can work in multiple configurations, allowing investigators to tailor the facility to their needs,” said NASA.