Orbital ATK Cygnus OA-9 cargo vehicle is approaching the International Space Station to deliver ~7,385 pounds of cargo and scientific experiments. May 24, 2018. Credit: NASA
|The Orbital ATK Cygnus OA-9 space freighter is slowly maneuvered by the Canadarm2 robotic arm toward the Unity module for installation on the International Space Station on May 24, 2018 to resupply the Expedition 55 crew. Credit: NASA|
The Orbital ATK Cygnus OA-9 space freighter approaches its capture point about 10 meters from the International Space Station where it was grappled with the Canadarm2 robotic arm on May 24, 2018. Credit: NASA
May 24, 2018: International Space Station Configuration. Four spaceships are attached to the space station including the Orbital ATK Cygnus resupply ship, the Progress 69 resupply ship and the Soyuz MS-07 and MS-08 crew ships. Credit: NASA
Cygnus will depart in mid-July after the crew reloads the vehicle with several tons of unneeded trash.
It will then conduct about 2 weeks of orbital operation including science and cube sat deployments before being programmed for a final thruster firing that will set the vehicle on course for a fiery and destructive reentry into the atmosphere and harmless breakup over unpopulated areas of the Pacific Ocean.
The Cold Atom Lab team including Nobel Prize Winner Eric Cornwell hold full scale model of the experiment riding along on Cygnus to the ISS. Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/SpaceUpClose.com