Published: Tue, February 18, 2020
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

NASA Has Launched Cygnus, A US Rocket To The ISS

NASA Has Launched Cygnus, A US Rocket To The ISS

The Cygnus NG-13 launch at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia is carrying almost 7,500 pounds of hardware, crew supplies and research, per NASA.

But today, the rocket successfully launched around 3:21 p.m.

According to the space agency, astronaut Andrew Morgan of NASA will use the space station's robotic arm to capture Cygnus, and NASA's Jessica Meir will monitor telemetry during rendezvous, capture, and installation on the Unity module's Earth-facing port. The spaceship succeeded in detaching from the Antares nearly nine minutes after the blastoff, traveling on its path to the space station, as NASA's live broadcast indicated.

A freight ship soared towards the International Space Station on Saturday, bring sweet and cheese to satisfy the astronauts' cravings.

The Northrop Grumman aerospace company had faced some issues the previous two times it had tried to launch. They asked for chocolates and three kinds of gummy candy: Skittles, Hot Tamales, and Mike and Ike's. The capsules also bring family care packages, as well as fresh food to offset the run-of-the-mill station grub.

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The delivery should have arrived before Valentine's Day, but was delayed by bad weather and equipment concerns at the Wallops Island launch pad.

The space station is now home to American astronauts Jessica Meir and Andrew Morgan and Russian cosmonaut Oleg Skripochka. On 15 February, the launch was cancelled as well due to high winds that exceeded the safety limits. Robert H. Lawrence, Jr., NASA's first African American astronaut.

Until astronaut introduces return to from Florida- perhaps by Space X this springtime- the station crew will certainly be restricted in dimension to 3.

Until astronaut launches resume from Florida - possibly by SpaceX this spring - the station crew will be limited in size to three.

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