A rocket launch dazzled sky-gazers throughout the region last night

    The Antares rocket blasted off Monday night around 7:45 p.m. Eastern at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility near Chincoteague Island, Virginia.
     
    The rocket carried Orbital Sciences Corporation’s Cygnus cargo spacecraft, loaded with approximately 5,100 pounds of cargo, to the International Space Station, according to a NASA release.

    It was spotted throughout the region as it ascended to space.

    Enjoy the gallery above by JSHN contributors and others. 
     
    Cool video animation of the cargo resupply mission. If you can watch till the end you can see what happens to the cargo module after it undocks from the ISS.

    Also, NASA has provided a great video of the rocket launch below. 

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