On Sunday, the company Orbital ATK, together with NASA, launched a series on provisions towards the International Space Station. The cargo has been put aboard a Cygnus spacecraft, which was launched using an Antares rocket. Among the scientific equipment which makes up most of the cargo, the company also launched plenty of delicious treats, including ice cream, pizza, and fruit bars.
ISS astronauts will get to enjoy pizza and ice cream
Orbital ATK has signed a contract with NASA which obliges it to send provisions on the ISS. Overall, it has to deliver over 66,000 pounds of cargo in space. Therefore, this Sunday, it launched a rocket from Wallops Island, Virginia, where the company’s home turf is situated. In fact, this was the first time in a year when they used this location to send cargo on the ISS.
The main purpose of this launch was to deliver 4,700 pounds of science supplies and equipment. However, among these supplies, there’s also plenty of food the astronauts are waiting for impatiently. There are plenty of frozen treats on the spacecraft, including pizza, chocolate and vanilla ice cream, and delicious fruit bars.
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The launch of the cargo ship almost got delayed
Fortunately, they don’t have to wait for them too long. Cygnus is scheduled to reach the International Space Station today, on November 14th. Orbital ATK has launched eight cargo ships so far, and this would be the fastest so far.
Once the spacecraft reaches the ISS, the astronauts will unload all the equipment and treats. Afterwards, they will reload it with all the trash they have gathered so far. Then, Cygnus will be released back towards Earth on December 4th. Once it enters the atmosphere of our planet, it will start burning, together with the trash.
A lot of people gathered on the Wallops Island to see how the spacecraft filled with pizza got launched. The event got disturbed by numerous perils, as an airplane prevented it from being launched on Saturday, as it was initially planned. Then, the Sunday launch was close to being delayed again, but everything worked out just fine.
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