The Northrop Grumman Cygnus cargo spacecraft successfully disengaged from the International Space Station at 12:25 pm on Tuesday (June 29). EDT (1625 Greenwich Mean Time), more than four months after it reached orbit.
NASA TV broadcasted live disengagement and the spacecraft separated from the orbital outpost in time, which allowed the spacecraft to begin an auxiliary mission before the demise of its fiery program.
The ground controller unscrewed the Cygnus from the port of the space station and moved it to the release position, and then used the space station’s robotic arm to disengage and send the spacecraft; NASA astronaut Megan MacArthur monitored the departure of the space station.
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is SS Katherine Johnson, the carrier NG15 Cygnus on February 2 Day launch. On February 20, 2021, it stopped at the orbital outpost two days later. The weight hidden inside exceeds 8,200 pounds. (3,700 kg) Research experiment and crew supplies. The
Cygnus cargo ship is usually a waste disposal container, and this particular ship is no exception. To this end, on Monday (June 28), European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet (Thomas Pesquet) completed the loading of Cygnus garbage before sealing the hatch. After exiting the space station, the constellation Cygnus fell from space and burned in the Earth’s atmosphere, and all the garbage inside was burned as well. Shortly after
left the space station, the SS Katherine Johnson deployed five small cube satellites as part of a side mission. NASA officials wrote in a blog post that the ionospheric thermospheric scanning photometer (ITSPINS) used for neutral ion research will study the ionosphere, a mysteriously charged part of the Earth’s upper atmosphere, and the MYSAT2 satellite will help students to train to become better engineers.
Once Cygnus has deployed all five CubeSats, it will return to Earth and burn as it descends through the atmosphere.