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NASA Opens Media Accreditation for May Orbital Sciences Cargo Resupply Mission to International Space Station

WASHINGTON, March 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Media accreditation is open for the launch of the second NASA contracted cargo resupply flight to the International Space Station from Virginia.

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Orbital Sciences Corp. of Dulles, Va., will launch the Orbital-2 cargo resupply mission at 3:44 p.m. EDT Tuesday, May 6 from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport's Pad 0A at the NASA Wallops Flight Facility. A five minute launch window extends until 3:49 p.m.

This will be the second of eight planned cargo resupply missions by Orbital Sciences for NASA under the agency's $1.9 billion Commercial Resupply Services contract with the company. Cargo resupply from U.S. companies ensures a national capability to deliver critical science research to the space station, significantly increasing NASA's ability to conduct new science investigations to the only laboratory in microgravity. 

International media without U.S. citizenship must apply by April 4 for credentials to cover the prelaunch and launch activities at Wallops. The application deadline is April 30 for media who are U.S. citizens. Journalists should send their accreditation request to Keith Koehler at [email protected].

For questions about accreditation or additional information, contact Keith Koehler by email or at 757-824-1579.

For information about Orbital Sciences, and its Antares rocket and Cygnus spacecraft, visit:

http://www.orbital.com/antares-cygnus

For more information about the International Space Station and Commercial Resupply Services, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/station

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