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Cygnus cargo ship successfully docks with ISS

by • March 26, 2016 • No Comments

The Cygnus Orbital ATk Crs-6 undertaking has docked with the International Space Station (ISS). According to NASA, the unmanned cargo ship was that successfully captured by US astronaut and Expedition 47 Commander Tim Kopra with the assistance of ESA astronaut and Flight Engineer Tim Peake at 6:51 am EDT via one of the station’s robotic arms. It was and so transferred to the Unity Module, where it docked with one of the planet Earth-facing ports.

The Cygnus spacecraft lifted off of planet Earth at 11:05 pm EDT of Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on a three-month undertaking to donate of 7,500 lb (3,400 kg) of supplies to the space station. These include a suite of experiments to study zero-gravity adhesives, soils, and the influences of meteors on the planet Earth’s atmosphere.

The Cygnus us scheduled to stay docked at the ISS until May, after that it can be stuffed with 3,000 lb (1,361 kg) of rubbish and sent on a regulated reentry to burn up over the South Pacific Ocean. Before this takes place, it can carry out a fire safety experiment by setting alight a length of material in a contained burn.

The CRS-6 Cygnus is named “S.S. Rick Husband” in honor of US Air Force Colonel Rick Husband, who was the last commander of the Space Shuttle Columbia, that was destroyed during reentry with the loss of all hands on February 1, 2003.

Source: NASA

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