Northrop designed the Cygnus capsule to accept trash from the space station after delivering cargo, and to burn up in the atmosphere after leaving.
Recent report evidenced that the number 13 might have a bad wrap among the superstitious, while Northrop Grumman is aiming to stride as the company chose to launch the 13 Cygnus cargo flight to the ISS on Sunday.
Weather conditions should be 90 percent favorable for the launch, according to official forecasts.
On Sun., Feb. 9 at 5:39 p.m. EST, Northrop Grumman Corporation's Antares rocket and Cygnus spacecraft are scheduled to launch from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. A new date has not yet been set.
A Northrop Grumman Antares rocket carrying a Cygnus resupply spacecraft is horizontal for the final cargo load on Pad-0A, at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia on February 7, 2020. (1,040 kg) of gear for 20 different science experiments to be performed by station astronauts. All of his fellow astronauts eventually joined NASA and flew in space shuttle missions.
That haul includes the Mobile Space Lab to grow tissues and cells in space, a bone-loss experiment to study the effects of microgravity exposure and a batch of genetically engineered E. coli bacteria that may produce a potential biofuel. It is part of a series of fire investigations conducted in the Cygnus after its departure from space station, eliminating exposure of humans or occupied spacecraft to fire danger.
Unfortunately, Lawrence died just six months after being selected while training another pilot.
Back in November 2019, Northrop Grumman launched the 12th Cygnus cargo expedition to the International Space Station for the American space agency.