New Space Science and Supplies Arrive at Station Saturday Morning

Mandy Carr
April 24, 2017

Launched Tuesday from Cape Canaveral, the Orbital ATK Cygnus cargo ship, named in honor of the late astronaut John Glenn, pulled up to within 40 feet of the station and then stood by while Expedition 51 commander Peggy Whitson and European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet, operating the Canadian arm, locked onto the spacecraft. His widow, Annie, granted permission for Orbital ATK to use his name for the Cygnus spacecraft.

Record-breaking NASA Astronaut Peggy Whitson is set to shatter another mark, and you and your students can celebrate this historic event with some fun and educational resources that will enhance your students' knowledge of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

NASA says Whitson on Monday will officially set the United States record for most cumulative days in space, surpassing astronaut Jeff Williams' record of 534 days.

The unmanned commercial spacecraft, on its seventh contracted resupply mission for NASA, was grappled by a robotic arm operated by astronauts inside the space station at 6:05 a.m. EDT (1005 GMT), the USA space agency said. In addition to his distinction as first American to orbit the Earth, Glenn would later go on to return to space at age 77, becoming the oldest person to ever enter orbit.

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"We're very proud to welcome on board the S.S. John Glenn". The contents "will be put to good use to continue our mission of research, exploration and discovery". They were joined by another American and Russian on Thursday.

Whitson also is the first woman to command the space station; she has commanded it twice.

Whitson and Pesquet have been living on the space station since November, along with a Russian.

The S.S. John Glenn is slated to remain docked with the ISS until July, when it will be jettisoned to burn up in the atmosphere. You have encouraged us in our mission - to provide quality news and watchdog journalism. Subscriptions start as low as 25ยข per day.

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