These awesome road signs stand outside launch Pad-OA near the Orbital Sciences Corporation Antares rocket, left, with its Cygnus cargo spacecraft aboard, at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) at the NASA Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Virginia. NASA's commercial space partner, Orbital Sciences Corporation, launched the spacecraft today (below), Sept. 18, for its demonstration cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station. (AP Photo/NASA, Bill Ingalls)
To have private enterprise involved in space is a big step in the right direction (UP!). To see a rocket launched from Virginia, of all places, seems strange to those of us who grew up with everything launching from The Cape, but it shows how far we've come.