Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus spacecraft Cargo Resupply mission NG-15 will be docking to the International Space Station (ISS). The spacecraft lifted off on February 20 aboard an Antares rocket from Launch Pad 0A at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.
Docking window begins at 04:40am ET (09:40am UTC)
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As part of the Commercial Resupply Services (CRS), Cygnus will carry nearly 3,600 kg (~ 8,000 lb) of science experiments, crew supplies and hardware to the ISS. The crew of Expedition 64 will catch, and Mission Control will berth the Cygnus spacecraft to the bottom of the Unity module. NG-15 will mark Northrop Gumman’s 15th ISS resupply mission.
Expedition 64 Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Soichi Noguchi will capture Cygnus, with NASA astronaut Michael Hopkins acting as a backup. After Cygnus capture, mission control in Houston will send ground commands for the station’s arm to rotate and install it on the station’s Unity module Earth-facing port.
The Cygnus spacecraft is scheduled to remain at the space station until early May, when it will depart the station, disposing of several tons of trash during a fiery re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere.
Courtesy of NASA
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