United States rocket launched to bring NASA cargo to International Space Station

Pablo Tucker
February 18, 2020

The Cygnus NG-13 launch at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia is carrying almost 7,500 pounds of hardware, crew supplies and research, per NASA.

It was third time lucky for the launch of the nearly four-tonne shipment from Wallops Island in Virginia, following two failed attempts in the last week to send the supplies to the orbiting lab.

The mission is carrying 7,500 pounds of cargo, including scientific equipment and research materials. The spacecraft is scheduled to stay at the space station until May.

At 3:21 p.m. EST on Saturday, Feb. 15, Northrop Grumman's Cygnus spacecraft finally made a successful launch days after its original launch to the International Space Station (ISS) was scrubbed minutes before liftoff due to "off nominal" data and dangerously high winds.

The Northrop Grumman aerospace firm had confronted some points the earlier two occasions it had tried to launch. There are fresh fruits and vegetables, chocolate, plus cheddar and manchego cheeses for the astronauts to enjoy.

Periodic supply runs by Russia, Japan and NASA's two private shippers, Northrop Grumman and SpaceX, usually provide more than experiments, equipment, clothes and freeze-dried meals. The capsule additionally some particular requests from the astronauts owing to it reaching across the time of Valentine's Day. The Cygnus pills obtain their name from the Swan Constellation.

Until astronaut introduces return to from Florida- perhaps by Space X this springtime- the station crew will certainly be restricted in dimension to 3.

This particular Cygnus has been christened the SS Robert H. Lawrence in honor of America's first black astronaut. Lawrence, an Air Force major, was chosen in 1967 as an astronaut for a classified military space program known as the Manned Orbiting Laboratory. Three other astronauts returned to Earth earlier this month. NASA astronauts now introduce on Russian rockets from Kazakhstan.

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