NASA’s Cygnus Spacecraft Coming Back From ISS With Pounds Of Trash

Tajammul Pangarkar
Tajammul Pangarkar

Updated · Jan 11, 2021

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NASA said that the Cygnus spacecraft will begin its return journey from the International Space Station on January 6. It is an uncrewed spacecraft. It has been named in the memory of Kalpana Chawla. Chawla was an India-born astronaut. She was the first Indian-origin astronaut to fly into space. Chawla dedicated her life to understanding flight dynamics. She passed away in 2003 in the Columbia space shuttle tragedy. Besides Chawla, six other astronauts also lost their lives in the accident. The spacecraft couldn’t survive even for a minute after it began breaking apart. Once Cygnus leaves from the ISS’ Earth-facing port, its systems will be overseen by Kate Rubins. Rubins is a NASA astronaut and an American microbiologist.

The spacecraft is returning after spending three months on the ISS. NASA said that the spacecraft delivered 800 pounds of supplies on the revolving laboratory. It began its journey on October 2 last year. It reached the ISS on October 5. According to the agency, ground controllers will send commands to detach the spacecraft from the ISS. NASA said that it will live telecast the spacecraft’s return journey on its website. The agency said that Cygnus is not coming back empty. It will bring back Saffire V investigation and other material including pounds of trash. It said that the spacecraft’s path is not straight. It will be conducting an extended orbit mission to carry out experiments.

When the spacecraft enters orbit and completes the stipulated tasks, the spacecraft will descend to enter Earth’s atmosphere. Cygnus carried a new space toilet to the ISS. NASA wanted to test the toilet’s functioning in space before using it in future missions. NASA is aiming to use the system in Mars and Moon missions. The new system seeks to improve current operations. NASA also sent a new crop of vegetables to the ISS for experiments. The findings will be crucial in optimizing the growth of the plants in zero gravity. Besides, it will offer an assessment of their taste and nutrition.

Tajammul Pangarkar

Tajammul Pangarkar

Tajammul Pangarkar is a CMO at Prudour Pvt Ltd. Tajammul longstanding experience in the fields of mobile technology and industry research is often reflected in his insightful body of work. His interest lies in understanding tech trends, dissecting mobile applications, and raising general awareness of technical know-how. He frequently contributes to numerous industry-specific magazines and forums. When he’s not ruminating about various happenings in the tech world, he can usually be found indulging in his next favorite interest - table tennis.