Orbital View: Photo Bomb

Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

Cygnus, named for a swan-like constellation, is a NASA spacecraft that carries thousands of pounds of supplies and equipment to the International Space Station. The craft arrived at the orbital station in December aboard an Atlas V rocket—a mix of Russian and American technology manufactured by United Launch Alliance, a private aerospace company.

Here it is approaching the ISS last month:

Happy to accept #Cygnus with an open arm this morning. Look forward to bringing onboard new #ISSCargo. #YearInSpace

A photo posted by Scott Kelly (@stationcdrkelly) on

What a cute little guy.