Outer Space Logistics

Watching a vehicle deliver supplies might not sound like must-see TV – unless the vehicle is NASA commercial cargo provider Orbital ATK and the delivery is happening in Earth’s orbit.

NASA is scheduled to launch its seventh commercial resupply services mission to the International Space Station, on Friday, March 24, at 9 pm ET. Launch coverage starts at 8 pm on NASA Television and online. Viewers should note that the launch could be moved earlier to Thursday, March 23, depending on circumstances.

Two prelaunch briefings are scheduled for March 23. At 1 pm, scientists and researchers will discuss some of the investigations to be delivered to the station; at 4 pm, mission managers will provide an overview and status of launch operations.

The Cygnus spacecraft, named the S.S. John Glenn in tribute to the former astronaut and US Senator from Ohio, will hoist more than 7,600 pounds of science research, crew supplies and hardware to the orbiting lab. The supplies will help with experiments including an antibody investigation that could increase the effectiveness of chemotherapy drugs for cancer treatment, and an advanced plant habitat for studying plant physiology and growth of fresh food in space.

Cygnus will remain with the station until its scheduled June departure, when, prior to re-entry, it will assist with a third experiment to see how fire burns in space.

For a complete schedule, visit www.nasa.gov/content/orbital-atk-crs-7-briefings-and-events.

For streaming information, visit www.nasa.gov/nasatv.

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A former local beat reporter and film critic, co-founder Lawrence Greenberg has more than 25 years’ experience as a writer and public relations executive.

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