Sunday, August 28, 2011

An artist's concept of the Cygnus spacecraft approaching the International Space Station.
Orbital Sciences Corporation

IMAGES OF THE DAY... Last Thursday, the Pressurized Cargo Module (PCM) for Orbital Sciences’ first Cygnus spacecraft arrived at its launch site, the Wallops Flight Facility, in Virginia. The PCM will eventually be mated with its service module before lifting off on a demonstration mission to the International Space Station (ISS) in early 2012. The launch of Cygnus, hopefully, will have taken place only a few months after SpaceX sends its Dragon spacecraft on a milestone flight—currently scheduled to begin on November 30—to dock with the ISS.

The Cygnus spacecraft's PCM is prepped for shipment from the Thales Alenia Space facility in Italy.
Thales Alenia

The container holding the first Cygnus PCM arrives at the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

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