Craft loaded with trash undocks from space station


The privately operated cargo ship Cygnus undocked Friday after a month-long stay at the International Space Station, the US space agency said.wpid-international-space-station.jpg

It was loaded with rubbish from the station and was scheduled to burn up in the Earth’s atmosphere Sunday over the Pacific Ocean, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) said.

The space freighter, whose name is the Latin word for swan, was launched in mid-July from the eastern US state of Virginia. It was loaded with 1,500 kilograms of supplies for the station.

The mission was the second supply flight for the cargo ship developed by the Virginia-based firm Orbital Sciences. It is to fly at least eight more missions through 2016 as part of a 2-billion-dollar contract with NASA.

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