Published: Tue, February 18, 2020
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NASA launches spacecraft carrying supplies to the International Space Station

NASA launches spacecraft carrying supplies to the International Space Station

The resupply aircraft is scheduled to arrive at the space station around 4:05 a.m. on Tuesday.

Cygnus will be captured by two astronauts on the space station on Tuesday and remain attached for approximately three months before departing with approximately 3,720 kilograms of cargo for disposal.

The launch was scheduled two times before Saturday, but due to issues with a fuel valve and some windy weather, NASA and Northrop Grumman chose to abort the mission.

47ABC was told there's about 75-hundred pounds of research, crew supplies and hardware aboard the spacecraft that needed to get to the astronauts at the International Space Station.

The Northrop Grumman aerospace company had faced some issues the previous two times it had tried to launch. The capsule additionally some particular requests from the astronauts owing to it reaching across the time of Valentine's Day.


Apart from all important scientific investigations, gear, freeze-dried meals, and clothes, cargo resupply missions also bring family care packages as well as fresh food and some astronaut cravings. But last-minute equipment concerns at the Wallops Island launch pad halted last Sunday's countdown for the Antares rocket, then bad weather moved in. The Cygnus pills obtain their name from the Swan Constellation.

Northrop Grumman named this Cygnus spacecraft after former astronaut Robert Henry Lawrence Jr.in honor of his place in history as the first African American astronaut.

This photo of the cupola on the International Space Station shows the magnificent views available from the station. He was killed in a 1967 jet crash during his training mission for space. Morgan has been up there since July and the 2 others since September; they'll stay on board till April.

Boeing, NASA's other commercial crew provider, is struggling with software problems in its astronaut capsule.

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