The launch to watch: ULA’s Atlas V rocket has Harlingen ties you can see

HARLINGEN — Two space launches in the coming days will head for the orbiting International Space Station, and one of them has a distinctly Harlingen connection.

The first launch from Kazakhstan on Friday at 4:26 p.m. CDT will send NASA astronaut Jeff Williams and two Russian Roscosmos cosmonauts, Oleg Skripochka and Alexey Ovchinin, to the space station.

But it is the second launch that will have Harlingen written all over it.

That one’s an unmanned launch and is scheduled for Tuesday when Orbital ATK’s Cygnus spacecraft heads up on a resupply mission to the space station.

The 30-minute launch window will begin at around 10:05 p.m. CDT.

That Cygnus space freighter will launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V 401 rocket, with key components fabricated in Harlingen at the ULA facility at Valley International Airport.

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