A robotic cargo ship lifted off from the space station on Friday (December 22) on its way to a planned destructive re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere in early 2024.
Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus NG-19 unmanned spacecraft has departed International Space Station (International Space Station) at 8:06 a.m. EDT (1306 GMT) on Friday. NASA official Rebecca Turkington said in a live broadcast on NASA TV that the Canadarm2 robotic arm launched the spacecraft over the North Atlantic Ocean just one minute later than expected.
“This was a beautiful release from here,” NASA Expedition 70 astronaut Loral O’Hara said on the live broadcast, about 10 minutes after the release. “Congratulations to everyone who supported this mission on Earth,” added the International Space Station’s O’Hara. “We still have a good view of Cygnus. It’s beautiful.”
Cygnus spent 4.5 months in the orbital complex, after arriving on August 4 which carried 8,200 pounds (3,800 kg) of instrumentation, supplies, science, commercial products, and other cargo. NASA Officials said Wednesday (December 20) release..
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NG-19, Northrop Grumman’s 19th commercial resupply mission, launched from… NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility In Virginia on August 1st. It was named after Laurel Clark, a NASA astronaut who died (along with six other astronauts) during the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster in 2003. NG-19 was also the last mission launched on a version of Northrop Grumman’s spacecraft. The Antares rocket that used the first stage was manufactured in Ukraine.
The spacecraft was docked on the US Unity module of the International Space Station. Land-Facing port. To separate it, flight controllers on the ground instructed the automated Canadarm2 to perform the procedure, then moved the cargo ship to release. NASA astronaut Loral O’Hara “will monitor Cygnus systems as they depart the space station,” NASA officials wrote in the statement before the maneuver took place.
The exact date of Cygnus’s return to Earth has not been announced. The spacecraft will operate undetected “Secondary Payload Operations” Before ordering in early January to take the plunge Earth’s atmosphereWhere it will burn with the garbage on board.
Another commercial cargo ship currently active for NASA, SpaceX‘s the Dragon The capsule could return science to Earth, because it is designed to survive the fiery journey through our planet’s atmosphere and fall into the ocean.
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