Or­bital cargo ship ar­rives at space sta­tion

The Myanmar Times - - World -

AN un­manned cargo ship op­er­ated by the US com­pany Or­bital ATK ar­rived at the In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion on Oc­to­ber 23, de­liv­er­ing 2.5 tonnes of food and sup­plies to the six astro­nauts liv­ing in or­bit.

US as­tro­naut Kate Ru­bins and Ja­panese as­tro­naut Takuya Onishi led the op­er­a­tion to grab the in­com­ing Cygnus space­ship with the space sta­tion’s robotic arm.

“Cap­ture is com­plete,” Mr Onishi said af­ter the con­nec­tion was made, liken­ing the grap­ple to fin­ish­ing the last stretch of a marathon.

The space­ship launched on Oc­to­ber 17 from NASA’s Wal­lops Flight Fa­cil­ity in Vir­ginia, United States, mark­ing the first launch of Or­bital’s re­vamped Antares rocket since a pre­vi­ous ver­sion ex­ploded shortly af­ter lift-off two years ago.

The cargo ship will re­main at­tached to the space sta­tion un­til Novem­ber. Astro­nauts will fill it with trash be­fore send­ing it off to burn upon re-en­try to Earth’s at­mos­phere.

Three Rus­sian cos­mo­nauts, two Amer­i­can astro­nauts and one Ja­panese as­tro­naut are cur­rently staffing the space sta­tion, which is the size of a six-be­d­room house and cir­cles the Earth ev­ery 90 min­utes. –

Photo: AFP

The Cygnus re­sup­ply ship slowly ap­proaches the In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion (ISS) be­fore the Canadarm2 reaches out and grabs it In this Oc­to­ber 23 im­age.

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