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Atlas V rocket blasts off from Cape Canaveral

John Glenn honored with launch of space station supply ship

April 18, 2017 - 11:27 am

CAPE CANAVERAL (AP) — A space station supply ship named for John Glenn launched successfully Tuesday morning.

An Atlas rocket provided lift, just as it did for Glenn 55 years ago. The unmanned rocket took off in late morning from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

The commercial cargo ship, dubbed the S.S. John Glenn, holds nearly 7,700 pounds (3,500 kilograms) of food, equipment and research for the International Space Station. It's due there Saturday.

The shipper, Orbital ATK, asked Glenn's widow, Annie, for permission to use his name for the spacecraft, following his December death.

Glenn, an original Mercury 7 astronaut, became the first American to orbit the Earth in 1962. He launched again in 1998 aboard shuttle Discovery at age 77, the oldest person ever in space.

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