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This morning, astronauts on the International Space Station successfully grappled Northrop Grumman Corp.'s Cygnus spacecraft with the station's robotic arm, snagging 7,600 lbs (3,447 kilograms) of cargo, just in time for Easter.
On April 17, the spacecraft launched on Northrop Grumman's Antares rocket from Pad-0A at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The mid-afternoon launch drew record-breaking crowds from the surrounding area and went off without a hitch. "The spacecraft is very healthy, it's performing very well," Frank DeMauro, vice president and general manager for space systems at Northrop Grumman, said at a post-launch news conference on April 17.
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After launch, the spacecraft's solar arrays successfully deployed and began to generate power for the craft. Once the vehicle was about 3,280.8 feet (1 kilometer) away from the space station, NASA astronaut Anne McClain grappled the craft closer to the space station with Canadarm2, the Canadian robotic arm that is attached to the station.
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A Northrop Grumman Antares rocket carrying the Cygnus NG-11 cargo ship launched from Pad-0A at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Virginia on April 17, 2019.
The crew will begin bringing the cargo inside and fill Cygnus with waste from the space station. Among the science experiments sent to the station are a rodent study of 40 live mice, helper-robots and wearable health sensors. According...
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