Cygnus Freighter Arrives at the ISS with Just One Functional Solar Array

After a nerve-wracking flight during which one of its two solar arrays failed to deploy, the S.S. Sally Ride has successfully docked at the International Space Station.

On Monday, November 7, Northrop Grumman's expendable freighter took off with 8,200 pounds of supplies bound for the International Space Station. 

However, one of the Cygnus capsule's two solar arrays, which gather energy for the spacecraft's journey, was unable to be deployed while it was en route to the orbiting space station. 

The space agency stated in a blog post on Monday that Northrop Grumman was "collecting data on the second array deployment and is working closely with NASA."

According to a NASA blog post, the Cygnus spacecraft reached the ISS safely on Wednesday at 5:20 a.m. ET despite having only one fully extended solar array. 

Nicole Mann, a NASA astronaut, grabbed the supply capsule as it got close to the station and moved it into the docking port using the Canadarm2 robotic arm. 

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