The sky looks dark in this scene from
the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport
at NASA Wallops Flight Facility, Virginia.
Captured on Wednesday, September 18,
an Orbital Sciences Corporation
Antares rocket is leaving
launch pad-0A with the Cygnus cargo
Though it looks like night, the photograph was
taken at 10:58am EDT, under bright,
clear morning skies, with a
digital camera modified to record
The Sun itself is above and left of the picture frame, creating
strong glare and internal reflections in the camera lens at
In the false-color presentation, the vegetation and watery
reflections also take on an
Reaching orbit, the Cygnus spacecraft is
now on its way to a Sunday rendezvous with the
International Space Station.
The spacecraft will deliver about 1,300 pounds (589 kilograms)
of cargo to the
Expedition 37 crew.
NASA, Bill Ingalls