Pizza, apples, kiwi & more: International Space station supplies launched
On Tuesday, the cargo ship rocketed away from Virginia's eastern shore and is expected to reach the International Space Station on Thursday.
Can you believe that pizza has been sent into the space? Sound weird, right? But it's true. The Northrop Grumman's latest space station delivery, which has been sent for seven, includes pizza. The 8,200-pound shipment includes fresh apples, tomatoes, kiwi, cheese smorgasbord for the astronauts. Apart from food, a mounting bracket for new solar wings, a material simulating moon dust and dirt which would be used to create items from stations' 3D printer, a slime mould for a French educational experiment called Blob and some other things have also been shipped.
This latest shipment is Northrop Grumman's 16th supply run for NASA and the most significant load. On Tuesday, the cargo ship rocketed away from Virginia's eastern shore and is expected to reach the International Space Station on Thursday. It is currently home to three Americans, two Russians, one French and one Japanese.
Before the launch, Northrop Grumman said: "Aloha to the SS Ellison Onizuka."
For the unaware, the capsule was named for Hawaii's Onizuka, the first Asian American in space who died in the 1986 Challenger launch disaster.
In other news, NASA's other shipper, SpaceX, would follow with a cargo run in a few weeks.