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Cygnus spacecraft takes out the trash

by • February 18, 2016 • No Comments

The Orbital Sciences/ATK Cygnus CRS-4 undertaking came to an end nowadays as NASA astronauts Scott Kelly and Tim Kopra utilized one of the International Space Station’s (ISS) robotic arms to release the spacecraft of its docking port. Filled with rubbish, the unmanned cargo ship left the station at 7:26 am EST. After a regulated re-entry maneuver monitored by undertaking control in Houston, it is scheduled to burn up over the Pacific Ocean on Saturday morning.

The CRS-4 undertaking lifted off of Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on December 6, 2015 at 4:44 pm EST. Following two previous delays due to bad weather, the privately owned and operated Cygnus spacecraft “S.S. Deke Slayton II” set off atop an Atlas V rocket to rendezvous with the International Space Station (ISS) on December 9 at 9:26 am EST.

The S.S. Deke Slayton II is the initially enhanced Cygnus cargo ship to visit the ISS. It carried 53 percent additional cargo mass than its earlier model, with of 7,700 lb (3,500 kg) of food, clothing, crew supplies, spare parts, equipment, and science experiments for the ISS as part of Orbital Sciences’ Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) contract with NASA. Once unloaded, it remained docked with the station until the end of its undertaking, when it was filled with rubbish for disposal.

Source: NASA

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