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Cygnus Arrives at ISS

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Cygnus Arrives at ISS

Following its launch aboard an Antares rocket from Pad 0A at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility, Orbital Sciences Corporation's Cygnus spacecraft arrived at the International Space Station and was captured by the crew onboard with the Canadarm2 robotic arm. On its maiden resupply mission, Cygnus is delivering 1.5 tons of provisions and experiments to the Expedition 38 crew living aboard the orbital laboratory. Cygnus is scheduled to be installed on the Earth-facing port of the Harmony module, where it will remain for more than a month.

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Cygnus Arrives at Station on Orbital-1 Mission

Orbital Sciences Corp. Cygnus commercial cargo craft has arrived at the International Space Station on its first resupply mission. NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins was at the controls of the Canadarm2 inside the cupola when he grappled Cygnus at 6:08 a.m. EST Sunday.

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Cygnus Berthed to ISS

A few hours after it was grappled by the crew onboard the International Space Station with the Canadarm2 robotic arm, Orbital Sciences' Cygnus cargo craft was installed on the Earth-facing port of the Harmony module, where it will remain for more than a month while the crew transfers the 1.5 tons of provisions and experiments delivered to the station by Cygnus.

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Cygnus Work Under Way, Normal Station Operations Continue

Orbital Sciences Corp. Cygnus commercial cargo craft has arrived at the International Space Station on its Orbital-1 resupply mission. NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins captured Cygnus with the station’s robotic arm at 6:08 a.m. EST Sunday. He and Flight Engineer Rick Mastracchio worked quickly and opened the resupply craft’s hatches six hours later.

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NASA Administrator Bolden calls Orbital Science and ISS crew on success of Cygnus arrival

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, speaking from NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans on Monday, Jan. 13, congratulated teams from NASA, Orbital Sciences Corp. and the Expedition 38 crew members aboard the International Space Station on the successful Orbital-1 cargo resupply mission, which arrived at the space station Sunday. Astronauts aboard the space station used a robotic arm to capture and attach Orbital's Cygnus supply spacecraft, which carried 2,780 pounds of supplies to the orbiting laboratory, including dozens of new science experiments from across the country and around the world. The arrival capped the first successful contracted cargo delivery by Orbital Sciences for NASA. Participating in the event were NASA's Mission Control Center at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Orbital Science's Mission Control Center in Dulles, Va., and astronauts Michael Hopkins and Rick Mastracchio of NASA and Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency aboard the International Space Station.

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Cygnus Transfers Continue, Science Work Ongoing for Expedition 38

The newest spaceship to visit the orbital laboratory is Orbital Sciences Corp’s. Cygnus commercial cargo craft. There are four other spaceships currently docked to the International Space Station including two Soyuz spacecraft and two Progress resupply ships.

Cygnus has been at the station two days since being captured and berthed to the Harmony node Sunday morning. The hatches were opened shortly afterwards and cargo transfers began. Cygnus will be released Feb. 18 and deorbit the next day over the Pacific Ocean and burn up during reentry.

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