A cargo ship reaches the space station despite a jammed solar panel

A cargo ship reaches the space station despite a jammed solar panel

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) – A Northrop Grumman capsule delivered several tons of supplies to the International Space Station Wednesday despite a jammed solar panel.

The shipment arrived two days after the launch from Virginia. Only one of the cargo ship’s two round solar panels opened after liftoff. Flight controllers tried in vain to open the jammed panel, but only once managed to extract enough power for flight.

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

Among the 8,200 pounds (3,700 kilograms) of supplies: mounts needed for next week’s spacewalk to expand the station’s power, as well as apples, blueberries, cheese, peanut butter and ice cream for the station’s seven-member crew from the U.S., Russia and Japan.

Northrop Grumman is one of two companies that deliver payloads to NASA. The other is SpaceX, which will launch a shipment later this month.


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