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Station’s EVA Causes Orbital Science’s Cygnus Launch Scrubbed

NASA managers are postponing the upcoming Orbital Sciences commercial cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station to proceed with a series of spacewalks to replace a faulty pump module on the space station.

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Astronaut Rick Mastracchio posted this image of a spacesuit inside the Quest airlock Tuesday via his Twitter account, @AstroRM.
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NASA Television will air a news briefing at 4 a.m. MYT (GMT+8) on Wednesday, Dec. 19 to preview the spacewalks.

Orbital Sciences’ Cygnus spacecraft, atop its Antares rocket, now will launch no earlier than mid-January. The postponement of the Antares launch will allow ample time for the station crew to focus on repairing a faulty pump module that stopped working properly on Dec. 11.

NASA currently plans for two Expedition 38 astronauts to venture outside the space station Dec. 21, 23 and 25. NASA astronauts Rick Mastracchio and Mike Hopkins will remove a pump module that has a failed valve. They will replace it with an existing spare that is stored on an external stowage platform. The pump is associated with one of the station’s two external cooling loops, which circulate ammonia outside the station to keep both internal and external equipment cool. Each of the three spacewalks will begin at 8:10 p.m. and is scheduled to last six and a half hours. NASA TV coverage will begin at 7:15 p.m.

Cygnus Spacecraft Says Farewell To The International Space Station

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Expedition 37 crew members aboard the International Space Station released Orbital Sciences’ Cygnus spacecraft from the space station’s robotic arm at 7:31 p.m. Malaysia. Orbital Sciences engineers will conduct a series of planned burns and maneuvers to move Cygnus toward a destructive re-entry in Earth’s atmosphere Wed., Oct. 23. Cygnus had been attached to the space station’s Harmony module for 23 days, delivering about 1,300 pounds of cargo on a demonstration resupply mission. Orbital Sciences’ first official commercial resupply mission is scheduled for launch in December.

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