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Capsule delivering astronauts food, stink-free gym outfits launched into orbit

This photo provided by NASA, the Orbital Sciences Corporation Antares rocket launches with the Cygnus spacecraft onboard, Sunday, July 13, 2014, at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The rocket will carry the Cygnus spacecraft filled with over 3,000 pounds of supplies to the International Space Station in the company's second contracted cargo delivery flight to the space station for NASA.

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A fresh delivery is on its way to the International Space Station.

Orbital Sciences Corp. launched a cargo ship Sunday from the Virginia coast. Daylight limited visibility, but sky-gazers from North Carolina to New Jersey still had a shot at seeing the rising rocket.

The unmanned capsule, called Cygnus, contains more than 1,360 kilograms of supplies, much of it food. Also on board: mini-satellites, science samples and experimental exercise outfits. NASA says the new type of clothing is resistant to bacteria and odour buildup. So the astronauts won't smell as much during their daily workout.

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Cygnus is due at the 418-kilometre-high outpost Wednesday.

This is Orbital's third station shipment. NASA is paying for the service.

Saturday marked the 5,000th day of continuous human habitation in orbit.

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