ISS space station push test canceled after five seconds

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A test to raise the ISS space station a little using an American cargo capsule stopped after five seconds, reports the space agency NASA. The reason why the experiment was canceled earlier has not been revealed.

Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus thruster was scheduled to run for five minutes and one second. But the test was canceled after five seconds. At NASA, it is not known where it went wrong and the cause is under investigation.

The ISS flies in low Earth orbit. Due to the resistance of the atmosphere, it sinks about 100 meters towards our planet every day. That’s why the station needs a little nudge from time to time to keep it in the right orbit.

NASA wants to see if Northrop Grumman’s cargo pod can help reposition the ISS. The test is unnecessary, as a docked Russian freighter can also keep the space station in orbit.

A new date has been set to give the Cygnus capsule a second chance to test. Another test will take place on June 25. Three days later, the capsule will be disconnected from the ISS. Then it burns up in the earth’s atmosphere.

Cygnus was used to bring supplies to the ISS. After the ISS crew members emptied the capsule, it filled with trash.

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