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A Timelapse Video That's Out of This World


Kristy Hamilton

West Coast Editor

clockSep 9 2014, 16:21 UTC
2066 A Timelapse Video That's Out of This World
A screen capture of the vine video by Gregory Reid Wiseman.

In an incredible timelapse video, Gregory Reid Wiseman—an American astronaut currently living on the International Space Station (ISS) in low earth orbit—captured the release of the Cygnus spacecraft.

The Cygnus is an unmanned cargo spacecraft developed by Orbital Sciences Corporation as part of NASA's Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS). In July of this year, the spacecraft carried supplies to the ISS astronauts, including experiment hardware, spare parts and crew provisions. The Cygnus was then reloaded with trash, released via robotic arm, and two days later burned upon re-entering Earth’s atmosphere (as it was designed to do). 


The timelapse video was taken on August 15, 2014. Wiseman captioned it: #SpaceVine timelapse - @astro_alex worked the arm and I pushed the “so long” button on #Cygnus



For more vines, check out Wiseman's amazing page:

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