A Northrop Grumman Cygnus supply ship arrived at the International Space Station on Monday with more than 8,000 pounds of cargo, including new astronaut sleeping quarters, parts for the station’s toilet, and numerous biomedical and technology experiments.
The space station’s Canadian-built robotic arm, under the control of Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi, captured the Cygnus spacecraft at 4:38 a.m. EST (0938 GMT) Monday as the supply ship held position less than 40 feet, or about 10 meters, below the orbiting research outpost.
The successful capture of the cargo freighter capped a nearly two-day flight from a launch pad on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, where the Cygnus spacecraft took off Saturday on top of an Antares rocket. The Cygnus completed a series of orbit adjustment burns over the weekend to set up for arrival at the space station Monday.
The Cygnus spacecraft was named the S.S. Katherine Johnson in honor of the NASA mathematician portrayed the film “Hidden Figures.”
“Congratulations to Northrop Grumman, to ESA, to JAXA, (and) to NASA for