Spacecraft cargo ship disintegrates upon re-entry

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Orbital Sciences Corporation's unmanned Cygnus spacecraft cargo ship disintegrated as planned Sunday as it re-entered Earth's atmosphere after a...

Orbital Sciences Corporation's unmanned Cygnus spacecraft cargo ship disintegrated as planned Sunday as it re-entered Earth's atmosphere after a month-long resupply mission to the International Space Station.

 

The spacecraft had been released from the orbiting lab on Friday at 6:40 am (1040 GMT), and then stayed in independent orbit for two days, before firing its engines and pushing into Earth's atmosphere. The de-orbit burn had been scheduled to take just under 30 minutes.

The crew on board the space station watched and documented the spacecraft's plasma trail, posting pictures of the comet-like streak to Twitter.

Cygnus launched 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.

For more information, see: http://www.supplychaindigital.com/logistics/3544/European-Cargo-Craft-Travels-to-International-Space-Station

 

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