NASA cargo ship reaches space station despite solar panel blockage, successfully delivering needed spacewalk supplies and food


CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida — A Northrop Grumman capsule delivered several tons of supplies to the International Space Station on Wednesday despite a blocked solar panel.

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The cargo arrived two days after launching from Virginia. Only one of the cargo ship’s two round solar panels opened after takeoff. Flight controllers unsuccessfully attempted to open the jammed panel, but managed to draw enough energy for flight with only one.

As the capsule slowly approached, the space station crew took photos so engineers could figure out what was wrong. NASA astronaut Nicole Mann then used the station’s robotic arm to grab the spacecraft, dubbed the SS Sally Ride in honor of America’s first woman in space.

Among the 8,200 pounds (3,700 kilograms) of supplies: media needed for a spacewalk next week to boost the station’s power, as well as apples, blueberries, cheese, butter peanuts and ice cream for the American, Russian and Japanese crew of seven.

Northrop Grumman is one of two companies that deliver cargo for NASA. The other is SpaceX, which will launch a delivery later this month.

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