Cygnus concludes 9th Cargo Supply Mission to Space Station
by Staff Writers
Dulles VA (SPX) Aug 01, 2018
Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) announced that its "S.S. J.R. Thompson" Cygnus spacecraft successfully completed its ninth cargo supply mission to the International Space Station under NASA's Commercial Resupply Services (CRS-1) contract.
]The spacecraft removed more than 6,600 pounds (over 3,000 kilograms) of disposable cargo, a new record for Cygnus. The "S.S. J.R. Thompson" also successfully executed secondary missions that included the demonstration of Cygnus' ability to reboost the space station and the deployment of six CubeSats into orbit from a NanoRacks CubeSat deployer.
The mission officially concluded on July 30 at 5:17 p.m. ET when Cygnus performed a safe, destructive re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean east of New Zealand. The spacecraft remained docked for 52 days at the orbiting laboratory and departed the space station on July 15.
"From launch to our safe re-entry, the 'S.S. J.R. Thompson' performed every phase of this mission perfectly," said Frank Culbertson, president, space systems group, Northrop Grumman.
"We now turn our attention toward final preparations for the next Cygnus cargo mission later this year with a continued focus on supporting the needs of the crew members aboard the International Space Station, as well as enabling crucial research programs in space."
The mission began May 21 when Cygnus launched aboard a Northrop Grumman Antares rocket from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Upon arrival at the orbiting laboratory, Cygnus delivered approximately 7,400 pounds (3,350 kilograms) of cargo, supplies and scientific experiments to the astronauts.
Pending NASA's specific cargo needs, Northrop Grumman is prepared to launch an additional CRS mission later this year aboard the company's Antares rocket from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility.
Space Station experiment reaches ultracold milestone
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jul 30, 2018
The International Space Station is officially home to the coolest experiment in space. NASA's Cold Atom Laboratory (CAL) was installed in the station's U.S. science lab in late May and is now producing clouds of ultracold atoms known as Bose-Einstein condensates. These "BECs" reach temperatures just above absolute zero, the point at which atoms should theoretically stop moving entirely. This is the first time BECs have ever been produced in orbit. CAL is a multiuser facility dedicated to the ... read more
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