Cygnus cargo ship launches to the International Space Station

The Cygnus NG-16 cargo capsule has successfully launched from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, carrying research and supplies for the International Space Station.

Cygnus will remain attached to the station for approximately three months before it will conduct a destructive re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere.

NASA astronaut and Expedition 65 crewmember, Megan McArthur, will use Canadarm2 to grapple the Cygnus, with an assist from her fellow crewmember Thomas Pesquet of the European Space Agency.

They are scheduled to capture the incoming freighter on Thursday August 12.