Antares rocket soars into space from Wallops, Va. (pictures)

The Orbital Sciences Corporation Antares rocket is seen as it launches from Pad-0A of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) at the NASA Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, Sunday, April 21, 2013. (NASA/Bill Ingalls) The Orbital Sciences Corporation Antares rocket is seen as it launches from Pad-0A of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) at the NASA Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, Sunday, April 21, 2013. (NASA/Bill Ingalls)

At 5 p.m., the Antares rocket engineered by Orbital Sciences successfully blasted off from the NASA flight facility on Wallops Island, Va.

Via social media (Twitter and Facebook), we obtained the following photos of the launch from around the Mid-Atlantic.

Video of the launch from NASA Television:

Video of the launch from an offsite location:

Designed “to provide responsive, low-cost, and reliable access to space“, the Antares rocket was launched as part of an Orbital Sciences test mission with the goal of transporting cargo to the International Space Station (ISS). Our blog post from Wednesday provides additional information.

Ian Livingston is a forecaster/photographer and information lead for the Capital Weather Gang. By day, Ian is a defense and national security researcher at a D.C. think tank.
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