Supply ship named for John Glenn comes to spaceport station

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NASA through AP In this image made from video provided by NASA, the S.S. John Glenn freight ship prepares to dock with the International Space Station on Saturday, April 22, 2017.

Saturday, April 22, 2017|5:58 a.m.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.– A supply ship bearing John Glenn’s name reached the International Spaceport station on Saturday.

Astronauts used the station’s huge robotic arm to grab the pill, as the craft flew 250 miles (400 kilometers) above Germany.

NASA’s business carrier, Orbital ATK, named the spacecraft the S.S. John Glenn in honor of the first American to orbit Earth. It soared from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Tuesday with nearly 7,700 pounds of food, experiments and other products.

Glenn died in December at age 95 and was buried earlier this month at Arlington National Cemetery. His widow, Annie, given authorization for Orbital ATK to use his name for the Cygnus spacecraft. The business, in reality, sent out up some memorabilia for the Glenn household.

Glenn made history in 1962 when he skyrocketed into orbit aboard Friendship 7, his one-man Mercury capsule. He returned to area in 1998 aboard shuttle bus Discovery, at age 77, right before station construction began in orbit.

Space station commander Peggy Whitson– who on Monday will set a U.S. record for the majority of collected time in orbit– alerted Objective Control when S.S. John Glenn was caught.

“We’re very proud to welcome on board the S.S. John Glenn,” said French astronaut Thomas Pesquet, who participated in the operation. The contents “will be put to great usage to continue our mission of research, exploration and discovery.”

Whitson and Pesquet have been living on the spaceport station since November, in addition to a Russian. They were signed up with by another American and Russian on Thursday.

Whitson is making her third space station flight. Early Monday, she will go beyond the 534-day, two-hour-and-change mark set by astronaut Jeffrey Williams last year. President Donald Trump will call her from the Oval Workplace to offer congratulations.

The S.S. John Glenn, on the other hand, will remain at the orbiting station up until July, when it is let go to burn up in the atmosphere.

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