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Cygnus Leaves Space Station

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Canadarm2 Releases Cygnus After Successful Demonstration Mission

The Canadarm2 released Orbital Sciences’ Cygnus commercial craft at 7:31 a.m. EDT Tuesday after three weeks at the International Space Station. Flight Engineers Luca Parmitano and Karen Nyberg were at the controls of the robotics workstation removing Cygnus from the Harmony node then safely releasing it.

Parmitano and Flight Engineer Mike Hopkins closed the hatches and depressurized Cygnus Monday morning. On Wednesday, the Cygnus will fire its engines for the last time at 1:41 p.m. and re-enter the Earth’s atmosphere for a fiery destruction over the Pacific Ocean.

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Cygnus completes mission!

After a month's stay at the International Space Station, the Orbital Sciences' Cygnus cargo craft was un-berthed from the Harmony module Oct. 22 by members of the Expedition 37 crew onboard the station. Cygnus will be commanded to de-orbit to a destructive entry back into Earth's atmosphere on Oct. 23. The second U.S. commercial resupply ship to service the station, Cygnus arrived at the outpost on Sept. 29 in a demonstration flight that was the forerunner for its first full commercial delivery mission later this year of food and supplies to the residents of the orbital complex.

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