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Orbital ATK’s Cygnus cargo craft was captured Oct. 23, 2016, using the Canadarm2 robotic arm on the International Space Station.

The International Space Station will receive the next cargo mission via the Orbital ATK Cygnus cargo spaceship this March. This will bring supply status to an optimal level after the launch failure and burn up of the Progress 65 cargo ship from Russia, December 1, 2016.

It is customary to have backup contingencies in case of launch failures or other unforeseen circumstances. ISS always has a supply of materials, oxygen, energy, and food for any eventuality. This is also why so much time is taken to practice drills from air leaks, fires, or catastrophic events requiring immediate evacuation from the space station are imperative for human survival.

What we take for granted living on earth is not a luxury astronauts and cosmonauts ever have.

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Orbital ATK’s Cygnus cargo craft was captured Oct. 23, 2016, using the Canadarm2 robotic arm on the International Space Station.

Orbital ATK has completed a significant mission milestone for NASA’s next International Space Station cargo mission.

The Pressurized Cargo Module (PCM) of the Cygnus spacecraft has arrived at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center for processing and assembly before launch. The OA-7 mission is targeted to launch on Thursday, March 16 from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

Orbital ATK will launch Cygnus atop a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket  for delivery of essential crew supplies, equipment and scientific experiments to astronauts aboard the International Space Station. The 30 minute launch window opens at 12:29am EDT.

OA-7 will mark Orbital ATK’s seventh cargo delivery mission for NASA under its Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) -1 contract.

Written By: Mark Garcia NASA

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