Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus space freighter departs the International Space Station moments after being released from the Canadarm2 robotic arm on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021, completing a 93-day cargo mission attached to the orbiting lab.

The Cygnus spacecraft successfully departed the International Space Station three months after arriving at the space station to deliver about 8,000 pounds of scientific experiments and supplies to the orbiting laboratory.

Prior to departure, the crew packed Cygnus with the Saffire V investigation and the SharkSat hosted payload to be conducted during an extended mission in orbit. On Jan. 26, Northrop Grumman flight controllers in Dulles, Virginia, will initiate Cygnus’ deorbit to perform a safe re-entry, burning up in Earth’s atmosphere.

Image Credit: NASA


诺斯罗普·格鲁曼公司的天鹅座货运飞船于2021年1月7日星期四从加拿大2号机械臂释放后不久离开国际空间站,完成了附在轨道实验室上的为期93天的货运任务

天鹅座飞船在到达空间站三个月后成功地离开了国际空间站,向轨道实验室运送了约8,000磅的科学实验和物资。

在出发之前,机组人员把天鹅座飞船和萨法斯五号探测器以及沙克塞特号运载火箭一起打包,准备在轨道上执行一项扩展任务。1月26日,位于弗吉尼亚州杜勒斯的诺斯罗普·格鲁曼公司的飞行控制人员将启动天鹅座飞船的脱轨飞行,以实现安全返回,在地球大气层中燃烧。

图片来源:美国国家航空航天局

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