Blog Space 01 September 2014

Your moment in space – the ISS releases Cygnus cargo vehicle

NASA/ESA/Alexander Gerst

International Space Station crew member Alexander Gerst shot this time lapse sequence of Orbital's Cygnus cargo vehicle being released on on 15 August 2014.

ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst set up a camera to shoot a series of photographs whilst he and his Expedition 40 colleague NASA's Reid Wiseman operated the Station's robotic arm to manoeuvre the visiting cargo spacecraft into position for release.

A couple of days later, Cygnus, loaded with trash from the ISS, burnt up in Earth's atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean during a planned destructive re-entry – pictured below.

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