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Atlas V rocket launches from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station

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Posted at 11:02 PM, Mar 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-22 23:28:46-04

Cape Canaveral, Fla. – The United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Tuesday at 11:05 p.m.

The rocket is carrying Cygnus cargo vessel OA-6, a resupply mission to the International Space Station supporting NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services program, according to the Kennedy Space Center.

This mission is the last of two Cygnus cargo missions in which ULA is contracted to complete for Orbital ATK. Orbital ATK  signed a temporary contract to fulfill NASA’s resupply missions in October 2014.

THe rocket is anticipated to launch again in late 2016 from Wallops, Virginia.

The Atlas V rocket was introduced by the ULA in 2002 to provide launch services to the U.S. government. It has logged more than 600 launches to date.