The Worldwide House Station (ISS) is about to get a go to from a well-known visitor.
Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus cargo spacecraft will dock on the station on Friday (Aug. 4), at 5:54 a.m. EDT (0954 GMT). This may not be a social go to, nonetheless. NG-19 Cygnus, often known as the SS Laurel Clark, named for the fallen area shuttle Columbia astronaut, shall be hauling 8,200 kilos (3,700 kilograms) of cargo for the ISS.
The entire rendezvous shall be viewable dwell by way of NASA TV beginning at 4:30 a.m. EDT (0830 GMT). Watch it dwell right here courtesy of the company.
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Among the many cargo shall be a brand new potable water dispenser (PWD) which can present the ISS crew with scorching water and improved sanitization and a reminiscence card that comprises artistic works from college students around the globe. Cygnus may even ship the tools wanted for a number of cutting-edge ISS analysis tasks, together with human mind cells that shall be that shall be cultured into 3D cell fashions for gene remedy testing, a probe to measure plasma density over Earth and the ultimate model of a spacecraft hearth safety experiment.
As soon as Cygnus reaches the ISS, the cargo craft shall be grabbed by the station’s robotic arm operated by NASA astronaut Woody Hoburg, with fellow NASA astronaut Frank Rubio appearing as backup. Following this seize, the craft shall be put in on the Unity module on the port of the ISS that faces Earth.
The Cygnus cargo craft will take 2.5 days to journey from Earth to the ISS. It was launched atop Northrop Grumman’s Antares rocket on Tuesday (Aug. 1), at 8:31 p.m. EDT (0031 GMT), lifting off from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.
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This was the nineteenth industrial resupply mission from Northrop Grumman and represented the ultimate deliberate launch of the present model of the Antares rocket, the Antares 230 sequence. The rocket shall be changed by a more recent Antares mannequin in some unspecified time in the future in 2024.
Cygnus craft are at present utilized by Northrop Grumman on resupply missions to the ISS as a part of the second Business Resupply Providers (CRS) contract. Since 2014, Northrop Grumman says that Cygnus has carried over 70,000 kilos (31,500 kg) of important cargo to the area station.
Throughout this present mission, Cygnus will keep docked on the ISS till Oct. 2023.