NASA providing 1st live 360-degree view of rocket launch

A unique view of the launch will be available through the new NASA 360-Degree panorama cameras.

The United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket, with the Orbital ATK Cygnus pressurized cargo module, stands ready for launch on the pad at Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

The 360-degree live stream will be broadcast on NASA Television's YouTube channel starting ten minutes before the scheduled 11:11 a.m. EDT launch at youtube.com/nasatelevision.

Cygnus will be grappled the morning of April 22 and remain attached to the space station for approximately three months before departing with roughly 3,300 pounds (1,500 kilograms) of disposable cargo for a safe, destructive reentry into Earth's atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean.

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The Cygnus cargo ship is the seventh of 10 planned missions through 2018 under Orbital's space station resupply contract with NASA, worth up to $3.1 billion. The first two space fire experiments took place during previous Cygnus resupply missions. A computer in a blast-proof box will stitch together the images for a full, in-the-round view. Live 360 technology offers advanced capacities that can be used efficiently during the launch of space missions to give viewers a more immersive experience.

The April 18 launch is the third time that Cygnus is boosted by United Launch Alliance's Atlas V. The launch marks the ULA's 71st overall launch of the rocket and the 36th in the spacecraft's 401 configuration.

Following Glenn's death in December, Orbital ATK asked his widow, Annie, for permission to use his name for the spacecraft.Glenn, an original Mercury 7 astronaut, became the first American to orbit the Earth in 1962.

The Atlas V launch was delayed from March 24 after a hydraulic issue was discovered on ground support equipment.

"The S.S. John Glenn is dedicated to his legacy as a lifelong pioneer of human spaceflight who paved the way for America's space program".

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