Commercial cargo ship named for John Glenn reaches space station

Commercial cargo ship named for John Glenn reaches space station

An Orbital ATK Cygnus spacecraft carrying more than 7,600 pounds of supplies, science and research investigations is set to arrive to the International Space Station early Saturday morning. His widow, Annie, granted permission for Orbital ATK to use his name for the spacecraft.

This was the seventh mission to resupply the space station for Orbital ATK.

Commander of the station's Expedition 51 crew, Whitson will officially set the USA record Monday for most cumulative days in space, surpassing NASA astronaut Jeff Williams' record of 534 days.

"We're very proud to welcome on board the S.S. John Glenn", said French astronaut Thomas Pesquet, who took part in the operation.

The decision to use the White House call to the ISS to excite young Americans about the space frontier, coheres with President Trump's earlier speech promoting NASA and evoking Kennedy's space program.

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Once aboard the orbiting outpost, Fischer and Yurchikhin will join the Expedition 51 crew.

On May 12, Whitson and Fischer will venture outside for a spacewalk to replace an external computer, install a high-definition camera on the station's power truss, attach micrometeoroid shielding to a docking port and help engineers troubleshoot cooling issues with a high-energy physics experiment.

Also aboard the S.S. John Glenn is equipment to be installed outside the space station during a spacewalk scheduled for May 12, 38 CubeSats (many built by university students from around the world) to be deployed from the station's Japanese airlock (or from the Cygnus itself) and a new advanced plant growth habitat.

Novitskiy and Pesquet plan to return to Earth June 2 to close out a 196-day mission.

(NASA) - President Donald Trump, First Daughter Ivanka Trump, and NASA astronaut Kate Rubins will make a special Earth-to-space call Monday, April 24, from the Oval Office to personally congratulate NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson for her record-breaking stay aboard the International Space Station.

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