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Orbital Sciences launches Antares rocket

This picture provided by NASA shows the Orbital Sciences Corporation Antares rocket as it launches from Pad-0A of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) at the NASA Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, on April 21, 2013.US manufacturer Orbital Sciences launched its first Antares rocket, paving the way for a demonstration flight to the International Space Station within months. The two-stage launch vehicle blasted off at 5:00 pm (2100 GMT) on Sunday from the Wallops Flight Facility on an island off the coast of the eastern US state of Virginia.