Cygnus Commercial Resupply Ship ‘Janice Voss’ Berths to Space Station on 45th Apollo 11 Anniversary
Following a nearly three day journey, an Orbital Sciences Corp. EDT this morning, July 16, after a flawless arrival and being firmly grasped by station astronauts deftly maneuvering the uk canada goose sale Canadarm2 robotic arm some two hours earlier. EDT by Commander Steve Swanson as he maneuvered the 57 foot (17 meter) Canadarm2 from a robotics workstation inside the station’s seven windowed domed Cupola, after it was delicately flown on an approach vector using GPS and LIDAR lasers to within about 32 feet (10 meters) of the massive orbiting complex.
Swanson was assisted by ESA astronaut and fellow Expedition 40 crew member Alexander Gerst working at a hardware control panel.
“Grapple confirmed” radioed Houston Mission Control as the complex soared in low orbit above Earth at 17500 MPH.
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Orbital Sciences’ Cygnus cargo craft approaches the ISS on https://www.ferienhaus-starnberger-see.de July 16, 2014 prior to Canadarm2 grappling and berthing. Credit: NASA TVCygnus by the book canada goose outlet canada goose outlet online uk arrival at the million pound orbiting laboratory coincided with the 45th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 11 on July 16, 1969 on America’s first manned moon landing mission.
This mission dubbed Orbital 2, or Orb 2, marks the second of eight operational cargo canada goose clothing uk resupply missions to the ISS under Orbital’s Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) contract with NASA.
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Up close side view of payload fairing protecting Cygnus cargo module during launch for Orb 2 mission to ISS. Vehicle undergoes prelaunch processing at NASA Wallops during visit canada goose coats uk by Universe Today/Ken Kremer.
“We now have a seventh crew member. Janice Voss is now part of Expedition 40,” radioed Swanson.
“Janice devoted her life to space and accomplished many wonderful things at NASA and Orbital Sciences, including five shuttle missions. And today, Janice’s legacy in space continues. Welcome canada goose jacket outlet store aboard the ISS, Janice.”
The Cygnus spacecraft was christened “SS Janice Voss” in honor canada goose uk site of Janice Voss who flew five shuttle missions during her prolific astronaut carrier, worked for both NASA and Orbital Sciences and passed away in February canada goose outlet uk sale 2012.
Orbital Sciences’ Cygnus cargo craft approaches the ISS on July 16, 2014 prior to Canadarm2 grappling and berthing. Credit: NASA TVA robotics officer at Mission Control in Houston then cheap canada goose remotely commanded the arm to move Cygnus into place for its berthing at the Earth facing port on the Harmony module.
Once Cygnus was in place at the ready canada goose shop new york to latch (RTF) position, NASA astronaut and Flight Engineer canada goose buy uk Reid Wiseman monitored the Common Berthing Mechanism operations and initiated the first and second stage capture of the cargo ship to insure the craft was firmly joined. EDT as the complex was flying about 260 miles over the east coast of Australia. 16 bolts were driven to firmly hold Cygnus in place to the station.
“Cygnus is now bolted to the ISS while flying 260 miles about the continent of Australia,” confirmed Houston Mission Control.
Orbital Sciences Corporation Antares rocket and Cygnus spacecraft blasts off on July 13, 2014 from Launch Pad cheap canada goose alternative 0A at NASA Wallops Flight Facility, VA, on the Orb 2 mission and loaded with over 3000 pounds of science experiments and supplies for the crew aboard the International Space Station. (EDT) from the beachside Pad 0A at the Mid Atlantic Regional Spaceport on NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.
The US/Italian built pressurized Cygnus cargo freighter delivered 1,657 kg (3653 lbs) of cargo canada goose outlet cheap to the ISS Expedition 40 crew including over 700 pounds (300 kg) of science experiments and instruments, crew supplies, food, water, computer equipment, spacewalk tools and student research experiments.
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Science experiments from these students canada goose outlet germany representing 15 middle and high schools across America were selected to fly aboard the Orbital Sciences Cygnus Orb 2 spacecraft which launched to the ISS from NASA Wallops, VA, on July 13, 2014, as part of the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP).
Swanson will then pressurize and outfit the vestibule area between Harmony and Cygnus. After conducting leak checks they will open the hatch to Cygnus either later today or tomorrow and begin the unloading process, including retrieving a stash of highly desired fresh food.
The wide ranging science cargo and experiments includes a flock of 28 Earth imaging nanosatellites and deployers, student science experiments and small cubesat prototypes that may one day fly to Mars.
“Every flight is critical,” said Frank Culbertson, Orbital’s executive vice president of the advanced programs group, at a post launch briefing at NASA Wallops. Culbertson was a NASA shuttle commander and also flew aboard the canada goose clearance sale International Space Station (ISS).
“We carry a variety of types of cargo on board, which includes food and basic supplies for the crew, and also the research.”
The cargo mission was crucial since the crew supply margin would have turned uncomfortably narrow by the Fall of 2014.
Cygnus will remain attached to the station approximately 30 days until August 15.
For the destructive and fiery return to Earth, the crew will load Cygnus with approximately 1,340 kg (2950 lbs) of trash for disposal upon atmospheric reentry over the Pacific Ocean approximately five days later after undocking.