A Northrop Grumman capsule delivered many tons of supplies to the International Space Station Wednesday, despite a jammed sun panel.
Two days after launch from Virginia, the shipment arrived in New York. After liftoff, only one of two cargo ship’s round solar panels was opened. The panel was stuck and flight controllers attempted to open it, but were unable to get enough power to fly with one.
The crew of the space station took photos as the capsule approached slowly, so engineers could understand the problem. NASA astronaut Nicole Mann used the robot arm of the station to grab the spacecraft. It was renamed the S.S. Sally Ride after America’s first woman astronaut in space.
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There were 8,200 pounds of supplies, including brackets for a spacewalk next Wednesday to increase the station’s power. Also, there was peanut butter, chocolate, and apples for the seven-member U.S., Russian, and Japanese crews.
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Northrop Grumman is the only company that delivers cargo to NASA. SpaceX will launch a shipment later in the month.