It's the same type of rocket that launched the New Horizons probe, but without the extra booster rockets strapped to the side that gave the extra push toward Pluto.
The Cygnus vehicle carries more than 7,000 pounds of supplies that includes robot parts, food and many science experiments.
In this week's reading list, eavesdrop on a conversation between an astronaut and a former NASA physicist turned cartoonist, follow the Transhumanist party candidate for the presidency, find out how bats actually land upside-down and watch a rocket test in a way that seems quite unreal.
Hadfield is the Canadian astronaut who gained international attention with his cover of David Bowie's 'Space Oddity' as performed from the International Space Station. Munroe, a former NASA physicist, is the cartoonist and author of xkcd. Hadfield and Munroe discuss space movies, life on other planets and the creative process.
via The Guardian
Zoltan Istvan, Transhumanist Party candidate for the presidency, is campaigning across the southwest U.S. For a week, journalist Elmo Keep joined his campaign travels. Take a look at a week in the life of Istvan, a history of transhumanism and the potential impact of the movement's ideas for the rest of us.
via The Verge
via PBS NewsHour
GoPro cameras attached to the rocket system caught amazing views of the flight, stage separations, and the parachute deployment.
via UP Aerospace