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Cygnus 0A 8



Cygnus will deliver about 7,400 lbs. (3,500 kilograms) of food, water, clothing and science equipment to the six crewmembers currently aboard the ISS. About 1,900 lbs. (862 kg), or one-quarter of that cargo will be used for scientific research and technology demonstrations, including a cubesat filled with E. coli that will study antibiotic resistance, a new laser-based communication system, and experiments that will investigate how plants and insects grow in microgravity.

Also aboard the Cygnus cargo ship are some care packages from the astronauts' family members, Orbital ATK officials said. The crew will also receive a special "cool box" filled with fresh fruits and vegetables — a rare treat for the crew, considering they mostly eat prepackaged and freeze-dried packets of special space food and occasional batches of lettuce grown in space.

Some traditional Thanksgiving food items and Christmas gifts are also heading to the space station, Hartman said in the briefing, though he did not offer any specifics on exactly what those goodies might be.

Alternate Names

  • 43006
  • Cygnus0A8

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2017-11-12
Launch Vehicle: Antares
Launch Site: Wallops Island, United States

Funding Agency

  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (United States)


  • Resupply/Refurbishment/Repair

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office

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