After 2 days of weather delays, the resupply mission to the International Space Station left the Wallops Flight Facility just after 4 this morning. The Cygnus spacecraft is carrying 7,400 pounds of crew supplies, hardware and science to the International Space Station. Included in the 2300 pounds of science and research – a test of the first integrated 3D printer and recycler to turn waste plastic materials into high-quality 3D-printer filament to create tools and materials, a key capability for future long-duration space missions beyond low-Earth orbit.
Cygnus is expected to arrive at the orbital laboratory Monday, November 19. Expedition 57 astronauts Serena Auñón-Chancellor of NASA and Alexander Gerst of ESA (European Space Agency) will use the space station’s robotic arm to grapple Cygnus about 5:20am. Installation coverage will begin at 4am on NASA Television and the agency’s website.
3…2…1… LIFTOFF! The Cygnus cargo spacecraft successfully launched from Pad-0A in Virginia. Next stop: The International Space Station. The 7,400 pounds of scientific experiments, supplies and holiday treats will arrive on station.
Posted by NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Saturday, November 17, 2018