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NASA Science, Cargo Launches on 15th Northrop Grumman Resupply Mission to Space Station

WASHINGTON, Feb. 20, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- A Northrop Grumman Cygnus resupply spacecraft is en route to the International Space StationA with approximately 8,000 pounds of science investigations and cargoA after launching at 12:36 p.m. EST Saturday from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. About three hours after launch, the spacecraft's solar arrays successfully deployed to collect sunlight to power Cygnus on its journey to the space station.
NASA Science, Cargo Launches on 15th Northrop Grumman Resupply Mission to Space Station
NASA Television, the NASA app, and agency's websiteA will provide live coverage of the spacecraft's approach and arrival beginning at 3 a.m. Monday, Feb. 22. Cygnus is scheduled to arrive at the space station around 4:40 a.m.Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Soichi NoguchiA will use the space station's robotic Canadarm2 to capture Cygnus upon its arrival, while NASA astronaut Michael HopkinsA monitors telemetry during rendezvous, capture, and installation on the Unity module's Earth-facing port.Northrop Grumman's 15th cargo flight to the space station is the fourth under its Commercial Resupply Services 2 contract with NASA. Cygnus launched on an Antares 230+ rocket from the Virginia Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport's Pad 0A at Wallops.
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