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Timelapse Video of Cygnus Release from the Space Station

By Marc Boucher
Status Report
August 20, 2014
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Timelapse Video of Cygnus Release from the Space Station
One of the Expedition 40 crew members aboard the International Space Station recorded this image of the Orbital Sciences Corporation's Cygnus cargo carrier spacecraft breaking up in Earth's atmosphere after being released from the orbital outpost. The breakup started around 13:22 GMT on Aug. 17, 2014 and this photo was taken at 13:23:44 GMT. Credit NASA.

This video shows a timelapse of the Orbital Science’s Cygnus Orb-2 spacecraft departing from the International Space Station 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 Orb-2 burnt up in Earth’s atmosphere during a destructive reentry.

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