NASA honors John Glenn with special tribute to national hero

John Glenn flies again!

NASA launched 7,600 pounds of cargo on Tuesday to the International Space Station on Orbital ATK’s Cygnus cargo ship, which has been dubbed the SS John Glenn as a tribute to the late astronaut and senator.

Orbital ATKs Frank Culbertson, himself a former astronaut, said its a tribute to the national hero who surged the U.S.s young space industry with his historic flight 55 years ago.

Its only a great tenor to throw John Glenns name in space again, he said.

The Cygnus cargo ship sits high atop the nearly 200 -foot-tall Atlas 5 rocket, which after liftoff will propel the Cygnus to 10,000 mph and onward toward the orbiting laboratory. The spent rocket will fall back to globe and splash down in the ocean south of Australia, according to NASA.


Inside the Cygnus, which is shaped like a big cylinder, are all kinds of critical quantities for the cosmonauts and cosmonauts who spend about six months living in space: meat, liquid, garb, quantities and hardware for the station. And if cosmonauts are ever going to spend longer quantities of time in space, or undertaking out further into space, like Mars, they will need to become space farmers to develop their own food supply.

Among the numerous experimentations going up is a cutting-edge “space garden” to grow plants related to cabbage and mustard in microgravity, “ve called the” Advanced Plant Habitat, partly built by the Sierra Nevada Corporation. Its about the size of a kitchen oven, and will be used primarily as a test for now to see how effective the habitat is at growing flowers related to cabbage and mustard in microgravity.

It will be the largest production facility for plants ever on the space station, it was therefore going to be able to grow larger plants, mentioned NASAs Tara Ruttley. And larger plants lead to things like food production kind of crops.

The Cygnus will take four periods to arrive at the Space Station Saturday morning. It was likely to got to get a little faster. But on Thursday, Russias Space Agency is launching a Soyuz capsule to bring three more people up to the station. So, the space agencies want the Soyuz to get there first, so that when the cargo ship arrives this weekend, a full six-person crew will be on hand to assist empty it.

Space Station Commander Peggy Whitson and Europe’s Thomas Pesquet will grapple it Saturday about 6 a.m. with the large-hearted Canada 2 limb.

This will be Orbital ATK’s 7th contracted mission for NASA and it’s final from Cape Canaveral, as it returns to launching from Wallops, Virginia.

And the voice you always hear during a NASA launch broadcast is a man called George Diller, who has calmly and smoothly been counting down rocket launches for four decades.

Well this is his final one, as hes adjourning. In 3, 2 and 1 !!!

Phil Keating joined Fox News Channel( FNC) in March 2004 and currently serves as FNC’s Miami-based correspondent.

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