Space Station Science Aboard Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus Spacecraft
NASA’s commercial partner Northrop Grumman is scheduled to launch its Antares rocket carrying its Cygnus cargo spacecraft to the international Space Station at 4:46 p.m. EDT Wednesday, April 17. The Cygnus will be loaded with 7,500 pounds of research, crew supplies and hardware. Mission managers and science investigators discussed some of the science onboard the Cygnus spacecraft during a prelaunch briefing on April 16. Cygnus is scheduled to remain at the space station until July 23, when it will depart, deploy NanoRacks customer CubeSats, and then have an extended mission in orbit until December. This will be the final mission under Northrop Grumman’s Commercial Resupply Services (CRS-1) contract with NASA before starting the CRS-2 contract missions this fall.