The Cygnus cargo ship arrives at the space station with only one working solar panel.

The private Cygnus cargo ship arrived at the International Space Station early on Wednesday morning (November 9) despite one of the solar panels not deployed after launch. NASA astronaut Nicole Mann, with the help of NASA colleague Josh Cassada, embarked on a robotic arm from the space station at 5:20 AM EST (1020 GMT) while two ships sailed high over the Indian Ocean. We’ve captured an unmanned spacecraft full of supplies and scientific experiments. The robotic arm will now move the capsule to the Unity module on the International Space Station (ISS), which will dock in the module’s Earth-facing port later today. Mann, who took the cargo ship out of space with the station’s robotic arm, said, “Great congratulations to the NG-18 team for their tireless efforts to bring Sally Ride to the ISS for a successful capture today.” successful capture. The spacecraft was named SS Sally Ride after Sally Ride, the first American female astronaut who died in 2012. Mann cited Ryde’s thoughts on the landscape viewed from space after her capture. “We definitely agree with her,” she said. [low Earth orbit], the stars don’t look bigger, but they definitely look brighter.” RELATED: Antares rocket launches ovarian cells and conducts wild experiments on the ISS. Panel deployed November 9, 2022 (failed one is at right). ( Image Courtesy: NASA TV) A Northrop Grumman Cygnus NG-18 cargo ship approaches the International Space Station with only one solar panel deployed (the failed one is lit. Left) November 9, 2022. (Image credit: NASA TV) A Northrop Grumman Cygnus NG-18 cargo ship approaches the International Space Station with only one solar panel deployed (the failed one is at left), November 9, 2022. (Image credit: NASA TV) ISS Cygnus robotic cargo ship built by Northrop Grumman after the famous NASA astronaut launched towards It ran into technical problems right after launch. Its handlers say it can safely travel to the ISS regardless, but the mission team watched for signs of a problem as it approached the orbiting laboratory.” Northrop Grumman works closely with NASA to monitor the spacecraft, and tomorrow’s NASA official spoke of the planned arrival, capture and installation of the space station in a Tuesday evening (November 8) update (Opens in a new tab). “The mission team is also planning additional inspections of the cargo ship during approach and after capture.” Front view of Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus NG-18 cargo ship approaching the International Space Station with only one solar panel deployed on November 9, 2022. (Image credit: NASA TV) Three different robotic spacecraft ferry cargo to the ISS these days. : Cygnus, SpaceX’s Dragon capsule and Russia’s Progress vehicle. Cygnus and Progress burn in Earth’s atmosphere after completing a delivery mission, but Dragon returns for a safe ocean splashdown and future reuse. Mike Wall is the author of “Out There” (Grand Central Publishing, 2018, illustrated by Karl Tate), a book about the search for extraterrestrial life. Follow him on Twitter @michaeldwall (Opens in a new tab). Follow us on Twitter @Spacedotcom (opens in a new tab) or Facebook (opens in a new tab).
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