Rocket Launch Reignites Space Station Deliveries in Va.

One of NASA's main delivery companies has launched its first space station shipment from Virginia in two years.

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WALLOPS ISLAND, VA - OCTOBER 17: In this handout provided by NASA, the Orbital ATK Antares rocket, with the Cygnus spacecraft onboard, launches from Pad-0A at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on October 17, 2016 in Wallops Island, Virginia. Orbital ATK's sixth contracted cargo resupply mission with NASA to the International Space Station is delivering over 5,100 pounds of science and research, crew supplies and vehicle hardware to the orbital laboratory and its crew. (Photo by Bill Ingalls/NASA via Getty Images)
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The Orbital ATK Antares rocket, with the Cygnus spacecraft onboard, is seen on launch Pad-0A, on October 17, 2016 Wallops Island, Virginia.
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Orbital ATK's sixth contracted cargo resupply mission with NASA to the International Space Station delivered over 5,100 pounds of science and research, crew supplies and vehicle hardware to the orbital laboratory and its crew.
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It was the first flight of an Antares since a launch explosion on Oct. 28, 2014, that wrecked the pad and destroyed everything on the space station supply run.
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For the long-awaited comeback, the pad underwent a $15 million face-lift, and the rocket got new Russian engines.
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The cargo ship, named Cygnus after the swan constellation, will have to hang around in orbit until Sunday before making the 5,000-pound delivery.
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The launch provided a show for sky gazers along much of the East Coast.
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