Student Photographer Covers NASA Rocket Launch

On the day before the mission, we were able visit the launchpad. This was NASA Orbital ATK's seventh mission as part of the Commercial Resupply Services Program for the International Space Station. The Cygnus Spacecraft, which held supplies along with several experiments to be conducted on the Space Station, rested on an Atlas V 401 rocket. Cygnus docked onto the International Space Station, and will be there until July 17, 2017. After its time is up, the Cygnus spacecraft will perform a controlled destructive reentry back to Earth. (Rafeed Hussain/UConn Photo)
Environmental science major Rafeed Hussain ’17 (CLAS) was selected as one of 20 members of the public to cover the launch of a NASA rocket to the International Space Station on social media. (Rafeed Hussain '17 (CLAS)/UConn Photo)

Environmental science major Rafeed Hussain ’17 (CLAS) was selected as one of 20 members of the public to cover the launch of a NASA rocket to the International Space Station on social media. He was the youngest person chosen. Many were professional social media folks. Although the launch was delayed a few times, he finally went to Florida on April 16 for the launch two days later.

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On May 3, Hussain rolled out his photos over the course of a day on UConn’s Instagram: Instagram.com/uconn.