Orbital 'garbage bin' leaves ISS

2016-11-21 18:36


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Miami - An unmanned cargo ship operated by the US company Orbital ATK left the International Space Station on Monday, packed with 1.5 tons of garbage that will burn up on re-entry to Earth's atmosphere.

"We have confirmed departure," a Nasa spokesperson said on the US space agency's live broadcast as the barrel-shaped spaceship was released from the orbiting outpost at 08:22 (13:22 GMT).

The spacecraft and its contents will burn up at 18:30 (23:30 GMT) on Sunday.

Cygnus launched from Wallops Island, Virginia and arrived at the ISS on October 23, carrying 2 300kg of food, supplies and science experiments for the team of global astronauts living in orbit.

Orbital ATK and SpaceX have each been awarded Nasa contracts worth more than one billion dollars to supply the space station.

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