Space De­liv­ery: As­tro­nauts get ice cream, make-own piz­zas

Kuwait Times - - Technology -

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla: As­tro­nauts got a mouth-wa­ter­ing haul with Tues­day’s Earth-to-space de­liv­ery - pizza and ice cream. A com­mer­cial sup­ply ship ar­rived at the In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion two days af­ter launch­ing from Vir­ginia. Be­sides NASA equip­ment and ex­per­i­ments, the Or­bital ATK cap­sule holds choco­late and vanilla ice cream for the six sta­tion as­tro­nauts, as well as make-your-own flat­bread piz­zas.

As­tro­nauts al­ways crave pizza in or­bit, but it’s been par­tic­u­larly tough for Italy’s Paolo Ne­spoli. He’s been up there since July and has an­other month to go. Ne­spoli used the space sta­tion’s ro­bot arm to grab the cargo ship, as they zoomed 260 miles above the Indian Ocean.

Be­sides flat­bread, the cap­sule con­tains all the mak­ings of a good Earth pizza: sauce, cheese, pep­per­oni, an­chovy paste, toma­toes, pesto, olive oil and more.

As­tro­nauts also get a han­ker­ing for cold treats, thus the big frozen ship­ment of ice cream cups, ice cream sand­wiches, ice cream bars and frozen fruit bars.

In all, the cap­sule con­tains nearly 4 tons of cargo. It’s named the S.S. Gene Cer­nan in honor of the last man to walk on the moon, who died in Jan­uary. The ex­per­i­ments in­clude meal­worms and mi­cro clover, sent up by high school stu­dents. The sup­ply ship will re­main at the space sta­tion un­til the be­gin­ning of De­cem­ber, when it’s cut

loose with a load of trash. It will hover close to the or­bit­ing lab as part of an ex­per­i­ment, then sev­eral mini satel­lites will be re­leased and it will burn up in the at­mos­phere on re-en­try.

SpaceX, NASA’s other prime ship­per, will make a de­liv­ery next month.—AP

The Cygnus cargo space­craft moves to­wards the In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion yes­ter­day, 260 miles (418 km.) above the earth. The com­mer­cial sup­ply ship ar­rived at the In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion yes­ter­day two days af­ter launch­ing from Vir­ginia. —AP

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