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Orbital cargo ship departs

August 16, 2014



Orbital Sciences Corporation's unmanned Cygnus cargo ship left the International Space Station on Friday on its way to a fiery re-entry into Earth's atmosphere.

The spacecraft was released from the orbiting lab at 1040 GMT, NASA said in a live broadcast of the event.

"Cygnus is free of the International Space Station," a NASA commentator said.

The spaceship will stay in orbit until Sunday morning, when it will fire its engines and push its way into Earth's atmosphere.

The de-orbit burn is scheduled for 1233 GMT on Sunday and the spacecraft should burn up at 9:11 am.

The crew on board the space station plans to document the spacecraft's plasma trail.

The cargo ship launched on July 13 and arrived at the ISS three days later, bearing a load of 3,653 pounds (1,657 kilograms) of gear, food and science experiments.

The resupply mission is part of a billion dollar contract with NASA for multiple journeys to the ISS. (AFP)

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Source: Daily Tribune (Bahrain)


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