It’s a busy week for spaceflight. SpaceX recently postponed the Starlink launch by two days due to unfavourable weather conditions. SpaceX is also scheduled to launch a satellite for the U.S Airforce on 30 September.
Today, however, NASA will be using Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus NG-14 cargo spacecraft for a resupply mission to the International Space Station on an Antares rocket.
Update: NASA Wallops confirmed that the cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station has been delayed “to no earlier than Thursday, 1 October 2020 due to poor weather conditions.
NASA confirmed in a press release that lift-off is scheduled from the space agency’s flight facility. Here’s what you need to know and how to watch the rocket launch.
NASA’s ISS resupply mission details
Place and time
The resupply mission to the International Space Station will liftoff from the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia on 29 September at 10:26 Eastern Time (ET), or 4:26 South African Standard Time.
If you’re watching from elsewhere in the world, that would be 19:26 PT (Pacific Time), 21:26 Central Time (CT), and 3:26 British Summer Time (BST) on Wednesday 30 September.
If those based in India, get ready for a 7:56 ISD on Wednesday 30 September. Japan, set your alarm for 11:26 JST, while viewers from China can tune in from 10:26 China Standard Time (CST).
Those in Australia will need to be ready at 12:26 Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST). New Zealanders, that’s 15:26 New Zealand Daylight Time (NZDT) for you.
The Antares rocket will arrive at the International Space Station on 3 October 2020 at 5:15 Eastern Time (ET), 11:15 South African Standard Time and 10:15 British Standard Time.
Watch: NASA’s resupply mission launch
NASA said in a statement that today’s launch will be Northrop Grumman’s 14th contracted cargo resupply mission (CRS-14) with NASA to the International Space Station.
The Antares rocket will deliver nearly 8 000 pounds (3 629 kilograms) of science and research, crew supplies, and vehicle hardware to the orbital laboratory and its crew.
“The new payloads arriving to the orbiting laboratory exemplify the breadth of research being conducted in microgravity, from plant growth to cancer therapies and technology development that will propel us farther in our mission to explore deep space”.
The cargo contains, among other things, a new toilet and seeds to study how radishes grow in space to prepare for feeding future crews on deep-space missions.
It will also include “investigation that leverages microgravity to identify targeted cancer therapies”, as well as a potential innovative water recovery system and a new camera to film a spacewalk
And of course, food for the crew! Garlic, apples, baby carrots, grapefruit, oranges, cherry tomatoes, brie cheese, prosciutto, chorizo, dark chocolate covered cranberries, genoa salami, hot chocolate, praline pecans, smoked gouda, smoked provolone, summer sausage, and cakebites.