NASA launches SS Kalpana Chawla cargo spacecraft to International Space Station

A commercial cargo spacecraft bound for the International Space Station launched, carrying the name of deceased NASA astronaut Kalpana “K.C.” Chawla, the first Indian-born woman to enter space, for her key contributions to human spaceflight. The spacecraft, a Northrop Grumman Cygnus, will arrive at and be attached to the space station two days later.

The S.S. Kalpana Chawla launched from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia at 09:38 p.m. EDT. The spacecraft, a Northrop Grumman Cygnus, will arrive at and be attached to the space station two days later. On the NG-14 mission, the S.S. Kalpana Chawla will deliver approximately 3,630 kilograms of cargo to the station.

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