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An Atlas V rocket loaded with supplies and scienceexperiments blasted off of Florida last night on its way to the International Space Station.
The 194ft (59-metre) rocket soared off its seaside commencepad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 11:05pm EDT (3:05am GMT on Wednesday).
Perched on top of the rocket was a Cygnus capsule loaded with just of 7,500lbs (3,400 kg) of food, science experiments and equipment that include a 3D printing device to turn it into tools for astronauts and non-stick grippers modelled after gecko feet.

A 3D printing device is producing its way to the International Space Station in the present day. This image of the printing device was taken in April 2014 during testing and the goal is to see if 3D printing works the same in microgravity as it does on planet Earth. It is one of most science experiments producing its way to the ISS on board the Cygnus capsule
A 3D printing device is producing its way to the International Space Station in the present day. This image of the printing device was taken in April 2014 during testing and the goal is to see if 3D printing works the same in microgravity as it does on planet Earth. It is one of most science experiments producing its way to the ISS on board the Cygnus capsule

The unmanned Atlas V rocket loaded with supplies and science experiments blasted off of Florida last night on its way to the station. The 194ft (59-metre) rocket soared off its seaside commence pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 11:05pm EDT (3:05am GMT on Wednesday)
The unmanned Atlas V rocket loaded with supplies and science experiments blasted off of Florida last night on its way to the station. The 194ft (59-metre) rocket soared off its seaside commence pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 11:05pm EDT (3:05am GMT on Wednesday)
The printing device works by heating plastic, metal or othermaterials into streams that are layered on top of every otherto turn it into three-dimensional objects.

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‘If we had a choice of what we may use that printing device for,I’m certain we may be really creative,’ station commander TimKopra said during an inflight interview on Tuesday.
British firm Majestic can be the initially UK company to use the 3D printing device to print a ‘Majestic Landscape’ data visualisation on the 3D printing device adjusted to work in microgravity.

THE SCIENCE ON BOARD CYGNUS

The Cygnus capsule is loaded with just of 7,500lbs (3,400 kg) of food, a 3D printing device to turn it into tools for astronauts and non-stick grippers modelled after gecko feet.
The printing device works by heating plastic, metal or other materials into streams that are layered on top of every other to turn it into three-dimensional objects.
The experimental Gecko Gripper is a new kind of adhesive that mimics the way gecko lizards cling to surfaces without falling.
There’s in addition a fire experiment that can stay on the Cygnus.
Researchers can ignite a large-scale blaze, in a contained box, to see how it spreads in weightlessness.
Elsewhere, the capsule is in addition
carrying a telescope that can be utilized to chemically analyse meteors as they blast through planet Earth’s atmosphere and a prototype exercise station that is a fraction of the dimensions of the equipment already utilized by station crew participants.
The experimental Gecko Gripper is a new kind of adhesivethat mimics the way gecko lizards cling to surfaces withoutfalling.
It aims to test a method of attaching things in theweightless environment of space.
Nasa is looking at robotic versions of gecko feet to attachsensors and other instruments onto and within satellites.
The Gecko Gripper innovation may lead to terrestrialversions of grippers that may, for example, hold flat-screenTVs to walls without anchoring systems and adhesives, said leadresearcher Aaron Parness with Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratoryin Pasadena, California.
There’s in addition a fire experiment that can stay on the Cygnus.
Researchers can ignite a large-scale blaze, in a contained box, to see how it spreads in weightlessness.
The fire can not be set until the Cygnus departs the space station in May, full of trash for a destructive re-entry.
Named after the swan constellation, the Cygnus is one of two commercial vehicles utilized to stock the 250-mile-high space station.
Both haulers have lost shipments to rocket failures over the past 1½ years and are yet working to catch up.

Perched on top of the rocket (pictured) was a Cygnus capsule loaded with just of 7,500lbs (3,400 kg) of food and the science experiments. It is due to arrive at the station, 250 miles (400 km) above planet Earth, on Saturday
Perched on top of the rocket (pictured) was a Cygnus capsule loaded with just of 7,500lbs (3,400 kg) of food and the science experiments. It is due to arrive at the station, 250 miles (400 km) above planet Earth, on Saturday

There's in addition a fire experiment that can stay on the Cygnus. Researchers can ignite a large-scale blaze, in a contained box, to see how it spreads in weightlessness. The fire (illustrated) can not be set until the Cygnus departs the space station in May, full of trash for a destructive re-entry
There’s in addition a fire experiment that can stay on the Cygnus. Researchers can ignite a large-scale blaze, in a contained box, to see how it spreads in weightlessness. The fire (illustrated) can not be set until the Cygnus departs the space station in May, full of trash for a destructive re-entry
A Russian shipment in addition ended up destroyed.
It is due to arrive at the station, that flies of 250 miles (400 km) above planet Earth, on Saturday.
Elsewhere, the capsule is in addition
carrying a telescope that can be utilized tochemically analyse meteors as they blast through planet Earth’satmosphere and a prototype exercise station that is a fractionof the dimensions of the equipment already utilized by station crewparticipants.

Elsewhere, the capsule (on top of the Atlas V rocket pictured) s in addition
 carrying a telescope that can be utilized to chemically analyse meteors as they blast through planet Earth's atmosphere and a prototype exercise station that is a fraction of the dimensions of the equipment already utilized by station crew participants
Elsewhere, the capsule (on top of the Atlas V rocket pictured) s in addition
carrying a telescope that can be utilized to chemically analyse meteors as they blast through planet Earth’s atmosphere and a prototype exercise station that is a fraction of the dimensions of the equipment already utilized by station crew participants
It is expected tostay docked at the orbiting research laboratory, a $100billion project of 15 nations, for two months.
Cygnus’ science undertaking can go on after it undocks ofthe space station, serving as a platform for a fire experiment.
The capsule, that is not created to return to planet Earth, can thenplunge into the atmosphere and burn up itself.


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