Cygnus freighter’s ISS-boosting engine fire ends early

A planned reboot of the International Space Station (ISS) ended after just 5 seconds for reasons not currently known.

Cargo ships docked at the International Space Station regularly fire their thrusters in short bursts to keep the orbiting lab at cruising altitude. Usually these vehicles are Russian Progress capsules, but on Monday (June 20), a Northrop Grumman Cygnus vehicle would burn for five minutes to evaluate whether the capsule is ready to take on this task on a regular basis.

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