UPDATED – 10/5/20 10:30am – According to tweets from the International Space Station, early this morning the Cygnus cargo ship was captured by the ISS’s robotic arm and was installed to the ISS by 7:30am and is now bolted into place. Cygnus carried about 8,000 pounds of cargo, scientific investigations, technology demonstrations, commercial products and other cargo – including a new space toilet – which will improve on current space toilet operations and help NASA prepare for future missions – including to the Moon and Mars! Cygnus will remain at the ISS until its departure in mid-December.
UPDATED – 10/3/20 – An Antares rocket lifted off from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at Wallops Flight Facility at 9:16 Friday night – bound for the International Space Station. This was the second attempt to launch the resupply mission after Thursday’s launch was scrubbed. The Cygnus spacecraft is filled with supplies and payloads – including research to help identify targeted cancer therapies, a crop of radishes that will grow in the ISS’s advanced plant habitat, a virtual reality camera which will capture a future spacewalk and a new space toilet! Cygnus will dock with the ISS Monday morning at 5:20.
An attempted launch of the Northrop Grumman Corporation Antares rocket was scrubbed Thursday night, less than three minutes before scheduled liftoff from NASA Wallops Flight Facility on the Virginia Eastern Shore.
A problem developed with a “component of ground support equipment.”
Another attempt will be made to launch the supply mission to the International Space Station tonight (Friday) at 9:16.
Depending on weather conditions, the launch could be visible across a wide portion of Delmarva.
Payloads on board Cygnus include research to help identify targeted cancer therapies, a new space toilet, radishes that will be grown in the space station’s advance plant habitat, a virtual reality camera to capture a future spacewalk, and more.