The Cygnus cargo ship departs the International Space Station on December 22 for a fiery return in the new year

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.

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