Space News

Yesterday, the Antares Rocket launched the Cygnus Cargo Spacecraft successfully from Virginia, carrying supplies for the International Space Station.
Those on the East Coast were treated to a beautiful, visible launch.  The rocket appeared 120 seconds after launch with the naked eye in the Southwest, just 5 degrees above the horizon.  Some St. Joseph School Students who saw it reported a red or orange hue as it soared across the sky for about a minute.


 

The Cygnus cargo spacecraft will reach the ISS when Astronaut Kate Ruben will grab it out of the sky using the ISS robot 57 foot long arm.
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She is inside the station looking out of the  cupola with seven viewing  windows with a 360 degree view. The arm will berth it to one of the ports that are facing Earth.
The Cygnus spacecraft will remain at the space station until November before its destructive reentry into Earth’s atmosphere, disposing of about 3,000 pounds of trash. [credit: Paul Janson, WS2N]
The OA-4 Cygnus spacecraft is pictured high above Bolivia, just prior to release by Canadarm2. Photo Credit: NASA/Scott Kelly/Twitter

 

The space station is a convergence of science, technology and human innovation that demonstrates new technologies and makes research breakthroughs not possible on Earth. The station has been continuously occupied since November 2000. In that time, more than 200 people and a variety of international and commercial spacecraft have visited the station. The orbiting lab remains the springboard to NASA's next great leap in exploration, including future missions to an asteroid and Mars. [credit: Nasa.gov ]