The US cargo spacecraft Cygnus was released on Friday from the International Space Station (ISS), NASA saidWASHINGTON (Pakistan Point News / Sputnik - 08th February, 2019) The US cargo spacecraft Cygnus was released on Friday from the International Space Station (ISS), NASA said.
"Departure confirmed! @NorthropGrumman's #Cygnus cargo spacecraft was successfully released from the @Space_Station at 11:16am ET [16:16 GMT]. At the time of release, the station was flying over the Pacific Ocean, just west of the coast of Peru," NASA wrote on its Twitter page.
The operation was controlled by US astronaut Anne McClain and her Canadian colleague David Saint-Jacques.
The spacecraft will now perform a 17-day nanosatellite deployment mission and after that, on February 25, will burn over the Pacific Ocean while entering the atmosphere.
Next month, the US spacecraft Crew Dragon and Russia's Soyuz MS-12 will dock with the ISS with the latter going to deliver three new crew members to the space station.