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Start of High-Traffic Season on Station

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Preps for Cygnus Departure Marks Start of High-Traffic Season on Station

The Expedition 37 crew aboard the International Space Station focused Thursday on preparations for the upcoming departure of two cargo ships. The robotic unberthing of Orbital Sciences’ Cygnus resupply ship on Tuesday will mark the start of several weeks of unusually busy vehicle traffic at the orbiting complex.

Flight Engineers Luca Parmitano and Karen Nyberg spent much of their day in space conducting a round of on-board training to review the procedures for using the station’s robotic arm to detach Cygnus from the Earth-facing port of the Harmony node on Tuesday and release it for a destructive re-entry in the Earth’s atmosphere. The two astronauts used the arm to capture Cygnus back on Sept. 29 when it delivered around 1,300 pounds of cargo during this inaugural demonstration flight.

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