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Space Station Resupply Launch Sucessful, Moon Shot Next Year

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It was finally a successful launch on Saturday at the Wallops Flight Facility for the resupply mission to the International Space Station.

Delmarva Public Radio’s Steve Plotkin has the story.

Orbital Moon Shot

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The next mission to the moon will be launched from the Wallops Flight facility early next year.

NASA says it will launch a 55-pound satellite called a CubeSat.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports the mission known as CAPSTONE will be the second lunar mission to be launched from the Virginia Eastern Shore.

The contract is valued at nearly $10 million.

It will be the first spacecraft to carry out an elliptical orbit around the moon.

It is part of the Artemis program which plans on landing the first woman and man on the moon by 2024 as well as first sustainable lunar exploration by 2028.

Don Rush is the News Director at Delmarva Public Media. An award-winning journalist, Don reports major local issues of the day, from sea level rise, to urban development, to the changing demographics of Delmarva.