US Cargo Craft launches to station for Monday delivery – Space Station

The Cygnus space freighter lifts off on time atop the Antares rocket from Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

A fresh supply of 8,300 pounds scientific investigations and freight is on its way to the international space station on a Northrop Grumman Cygnus resupply spacecraft after launching on an Antares rocket at 12:40 p.m. EST Saturday from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

Cygnus is expected to arrive at the space station around 4:35 a.m. on Monday, February 21. NASA television, the Nasa appand the agency website will provide live coverage of the spacecraft’s approach and arrival beginning at 3 a.m.

NASA astronauts Raja Chari and Kayla Baron will capture Cygnus with the station’s robotic Canadarm2 upon arrival. After capture, the spacecraft will be installed on the Earth-facing port of the Unity module. This is Northrop Grumman’s 17th contract resupply mission under the second commercial resupply services contract with NASA.

This is the first Cygnus mission with enhanced capabilities to perform a reboost in space station orbit as a standard service for NASA; a reboost is planned while Cygnus is tethered to the orbital lab.

Learn more about the station’s activities by following the space station blog, @space station and @ISS_Research on Twitter, as well as the ISS Facebook and ISS Instagram accounts.

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