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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Photos of the Day: The 'S.S. Deke Slayton II' Has Arrived at the ISS!

Cygnus Orb-4 (also known as the 'S.S. Deke Slayton II') floats near the ISS as its robotic arm (not visible) waits to grapple the cargo freighter on December 9, 2015.
Scott Kelly / NASA and Sergey Volkov / Roscosmos

Just thought I'd share these great hi-res photos that were taken of the Cygnus Orb-4 cargo freighter before it was successfully berthed to the International Space Station (ISS) earlier today. Named the S.S. Deke Slayton II after the late Apollo-Soyuz Test Project astronaut (the first S.S. Deke Slayton craft was destroyed in last year's Antares launch mishap in Virginia), this Cygnus will stay at the ISS through the end of this January...when it will be unberthed from the outpost and then be intentionally incinerated (along with 3,000 pounds of garbage inside it) upon re-entry into Earth's atmosphere.

Flying in Earth's shadow, Cygnus Orb-4 (also known as the 'S.S. Deke Slayton II') floats near the ISS as its robotic arm (not visible) waits to grapple the cargo freighter on December 9, 2015.
Scott Kelly / NASA and Sergey Volkov / Roscosmos

Emerging from Earth's shadow, Cygnus Orb-4 (also known as the 'S.S. Deke Slayton II') floats near the ISS as its robotic arm (not visible) waits to grapple the cargo freighter on December 9, 2015.
Scott Kelly / NASA and Sergey Volkov / Roscosmos

Cygnus Orb-4 (also known as the 'S.S. Deke Slayton II') floats near the ISS as its robotic arm waits to grapple the cargo freighter on December 9, 2015.
Scott Kelly / NASA and Sergey Volkov / Roscosmos

Cygnus Orb-4 (also known as the 'S.S. Deke Slayton II') floats near the ISS as its robotic arm (not visible) waits to grapple the cargo freighter on December 9, 2015.
Scott Kelly / NASA and Sergey Volkov / Roscosmos

Cygnus Orb-4 (also known as the 'S.S. Deke Slayton II') floats near the ISS as its robotic arm (not visible) waits to grapple the cargo freighter on December 9, 2015.
Scott Kelly / NASA and Sergey Volkov / Roscosmos

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