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This beautifully colored image was taken by astronaut Randy Bresnick from the International Space Station on Dec. 6 as the craft departed the ISS. The Cygnus cargo container, built by Orbital ATK, caught the light at sunrise. This intricate machine is currently filled with some less than elegant cargo -- 6,200 pounds of trash, which will burn up along with the vehicle in the Earth’s atmosphere on Monday, Dec. 18. That’s not the Cygnus’ only purpose, though: on Dec. 6 it also released 14 CubeSats.

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