The International Space Station has just received a new load of supplies. This essential mission was possible thanks to Cygnus commercial freighter that left Earth five days ago from Cape Canaveral. Thanks to it, the space satellite that is a temporary home for Russian, American, and other international astronauts received 7,500 pounds of cargo. The received assets vary from food, equipment, small satellites, scientific experiments, and others.
Scientists Cheered the Success of the Mission and Underscored Its Importance
After a space journey of four days, the commercial freighter that received the ceremonial name of the late John Glenn was docked to the International Space Station on Saturday at 6:05 a.m. EDT. The cap took flight thanks to the United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket on Tuesday. Frenchman Thomas Pesquet was the flight engineer who oversaw the tedious grappling procedure. The successful end came right from the first attempt to connect the commercial freighter to the space station.
Scientists on board of the habitable artificial satellite consider this achievement the result of a fruitful international collaboration. Pesquet ended the mission with heartwarming words on the noble purpose of ISS.
“Achievements like this, fruit of the hard work by space agencies and private companies and the international cooperation across the world, are what truly makes the ISS such a special endeavor at the service of all mankind.”
The Cygnus Commercial Freighter Will Burn Up in Atmosphere in Three Months
The most important assets of the latest cargo are crucial for upcoming space missions. Commander Peggy Whitson together with flight engineer Jack Fischer is going to employ an avionic box of large dimensions and a jumper cable. The mission has the nickname of Expedition 51, and it is scheduled for May 21. The goal is to turn one of the pallets of the ExPRESS Logistics Carrier into a unit for science payloads. Moreover, the cable will determine whether a shuttle-era port that has been in space for six years is still operational or not.
The Cygnus commercial freighter will remain attached to ISS for three months. During this time, the crew will have to unload all the cargo it brought. However, the probe will not remain empty. Scientists will load it with disposables and trash. The spacecraft will not return to Earth, but it will burn up in the atmosphere before it can reach the ground.
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