Cygnus cargo ships scheduled to fly to the International Space Station (ISS) are all packed and ready to go. But…
Cygnus cargo ships scheduled to fly to the International Space Station (ISS) are all packed and ready to go. But it seems that the astronauts onboard the orbital station have to wait an extra day before they can take care of the goods delivered by Northrop Grumman.
Although originally scheduled to resign to ISS on November 15, Cygnus spacecraft will remain grounded to Friday due to bad weather, the US space company announced only on Twitter .
The cargo ship should start from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility early and early tomorrow at 4:49 AM EST. Instead, the trip to space is delayed 24 hours.
Northrop Grumman and NASA are now launching an early morning raid on November 1
6 with a five-minute launch window that opens at 4:23 AM. As planned, the Cygnus freighter will blast into space on top of a Northrop Grumman Antares rocket launching from Virginia Space Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport.
This is the company’s 10th resupply mission to the space station – the earlier launched in late May – even with a 24-hour delay – reported by Inquisitr at that time. Cygnus spacecraft arrives at ISS three days after launch, NASA said last week.
When the trip is complete, the cargo ship is captured by the station’s robot arm, Canadarm2, and will be given a parking space at the Unity module – the second element of the groundbreaking laboratory will be launched in space 20 years ago, like Inquisitr ] recently detailed.
“Expedition 57 Aeronautical engineer Serena Aunon Chancellor in NASA will seize spacecraft with the station’s robot arm. She will be backed up by Alexander Gerst of ESA (European Space Agency), who will monitor the Cygnus systems under its strategy. After the recording, the ground controls will command the robotic arm to rotate and install Cygnus on the bottom of the station’s Unity module, NASA officials said in a statement.
Ice Cream And Stardust Delivery
Dubbed CRS-10, the current Cygnus mission will deliver a exciting set of scientific experiments for ISS.
“The ship’s load includes several tons of crew accessories and science experiments ranging from 3D printing and recycling to simulate the creation of heavenly a body of stardust, “NASA reported at the beginning of the month.
Among the experiments that go into space is a project aimed at growing large crystals of a particular type of protein involved in the development of Parkinson’s disease. Known as the CASIS PCG-16 survey, this experiment can “help scientists better understand disease pathology and develop therapies to treat it,” NASA explains.
Another project currently stored in Cygnus Spacecraft cargo is a fake star shipment. The experiment is called EXCISS and aims to unlock some of the mysteries of the early solar system by studying the simulated stardust in a high energy and low gravity environment – in accordance with the conditions present during our planet’s birth. 19659003] Other scientific experiments that drive to space include a VR survey of how sensory input changes in microgravity, a study of calcium silicon diaphragm that can be used to remove carbon dioxide from waste gases and thereby reduce greenhouse gas emissions – and a project that studies how cement is solidified in space, with the goal of producing “safer, light space environments” for future missions on other planets.
Last but not least – Cygnus sends a non-worn 3D printer and recycler to space. This will act as the first device that will ever be sent to ISS.
“It recycles waste products in high quality 3D printer filaments, enabling sustainable manufacturing, repair and recycling on long-term space missions,” NASA explains.
However, not all items loaded on Cygnus capsule are reserved for work. Northrop Grumman has prepared a little surprise for the astronauts – and sends them a delivery of fresh fruit and ice cream according to a Twitter post.
When Cygnus delivers the goods and completes its mission to ISS, the cargo ship is scheduled to distribute three CubeSats above and below the space station – “a first spacecraft”, announced Northrop Grumman in a separate Twitter post.
At the end of the mission, Cygnus Spacecraft – named SS John Young, to honor the late astronaut – returns home with a lot of junk from ISS. Since the capsule is not built to be reusable, Cygnus, as previously reported by Inquisitr will burn in the atmosphere of the earth during reintroduction – disposal of the load and thereby perform an additional service to the space station.