Thousands of kilograms of supplies were sent to the station in February by the spaceship called Cygnus N-13. The spacecraft was set free by the station’s robotic arm at 16:09 GMT (12:09 p.m. EDT). The two had been flying above the Pacific Miles, traveling about 260 miles (418 kilometers). After having spent 83 days at the space station, the spacecraft is going to spend multiple weeks by itself sending out small satellites and even conducting an experiment related to fire, which researchers hope will lead to finding about how to create a safer spaceship for astronauts.
Cygnus N-13, which was built by Northrop Grumman, was launched in orbit towards the space station on February 15. The launch was made using an Antares rocket, which arrived at its destination three days later, together with a cargo of 7,500 lbs. (3,400 kilograms), which included crew supplies, science gear, and spacewalking tools. The Antares rocket now contains the fire experiments, cubesats, and a staggering 4,500 lbs. (2,041) of unnecessary items and trash.
Part of those 4,500 lbs. are what remained of one of NASA’s experiments, the High-Definition Earth Viewing Experiment. The camera was launched in 2014, and it provides live HD footage of both the space station and of Earth. This experiment lasted until mid-2019 when the camera completely died.
Representatives from NASA have mentioned that the Cygnus NG-13 spaceship will crash back into our home planet on May 29. It will be destroyed by the re-entry into the atmosphere and is likely to crash into the Pacific Ocean.
The ship named S.S. Robert H. Lawrence was given this name by Northrop Grumman in honor of the late Major Robert H. Lawrence. He is known for being the first-ever African American astronaut. Lawrence joined the Air Force in 1967 as an astronaut for the Manned Orbiting Laboratory, which was a planned space station belonging to the military. Unfortunately, Lawrence lost his life in an accident that occurred during training, a short time after he was selected.