22 October 2013
NASA said Monday that Orbital Sciences Corporation’s Cygnus spacecraft is set to leave the ISS today. It is scheduled to detach at 1000 GMT and leave the ISS an hour and a half later. Orbital engineers then will perform a series of planned burns to move Cygnus toward a destructive re-entry in Earth's atmosphere. Orbital said Cygnus is due to re-enter the atmosphere on Wednesday, 23 Oct., at 1818 GMT over the Pacific Ocean east of New Zealand. The unmanned cargo ship docked to the ISS on 29 Sept., marking the first successful demonstration mission of a cargo resupply flight by Orbital Sciences. (Image: Cygnus docked to the International Space Station. Image Credit: NASA)
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