Science 23 Mar 2016 Space station cargo ...

Space station cargo launches by light of nearly full moon

AFP
Published Mar 23, 2016, 9:32 am IST
Updated Mar 23, 2016, 9:33 am IST
The unmanned Atlas V rocket provided late-night sparkle as it headed north and paralleled the East Coast.
The cargo shipped out late on Tuesday from Cape Canaveral, Florida, beneath the light of a nearly full moon
 The cargo shipped out late on Tuesday from Cape Canaveral, Florida, beneath the light of a nearly full moon

Cape Canaveral: Fresh supplies are rocketing toward the International Space Station.

The cargo shipped out late on Tuesday from Cape Canaveral, Florida, beneath the light of a nearly full moon. The unmanned Atlas V (five) rocket provided late-night sparkle as it headed north and paralleled the East Coast.

 

Orbital ATK's Cygnus capsule holds nearly 8,000 pounds of food, equipment and scientific research for NASA, including a commercial-quality 3-D printer anyone can rent. There are also robotic grippers modeled after the sticky hairs on geckos' feet, and a fire experiment that will remain on Cygnus.

Researchers will ignite a large-scale blaze in a box, but not until Cygnus departs the space station in May, full of trash for a destructive re-entry. First, the capsule needs to get to the station. It's due there Saturday.

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