Cygnus Above Florida, Bahamas and Cuba, May 10, 2017

Cygnus Above Florida, Bahamas and Cuba, May 10, 2017

In this photo, taken on May 10, 2017, the Orbital ATK Cygnus cargo craft is pictured as the International Space Station orbits above the state of Florida, The Bahamas and the country of Cuba.

The Cygnus spacecraft is an American automated cargo spacecraft developed by Orbital ATK, an American aerospace manufacturer and defense industry company, as part of NASA’s Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) developmental program. Cygnus is the Latinized Greek word for swan and a northern constellation. It is launched by Orbital’s Antares rocket or ULA’s Atlas V and is designed to transport supplies to the International Space Station (ISS) following the retirement of the American Space Shuttle. Since August 2000 ISS resupply missions have been regularly flown by Russian Progress, as well as by the European Automated Transfer Vehicle, and the Japanese H-II Transfer Vehicle. With the Cygnus spacecraft and the SpaceX Dragon, NASA seeks to increase its partnerships with domestic commercial aviation and aeronautics industry.

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