A cargo boat rocketed toward the International Space Station on Saturday, carrying cheese and candy to fulfill the astronauts’ cravings.
Northrop Grumman established its Cygnus capsule in the Virginia seashore. The almost 4-ton shipment must arrive in the orbiting lab Tuesday. It took three attempts over the last week to acquire the Antares rocket off the mat, with it taking flight in 3:21 p.m.– an auspicious 3-2-1.
“Beautiful launching,” Joel Montalbano, NASA’s deputy space station program manager, stated after the capsule reached orbit.
Apart from the typical experiments and equipment, the capsule retains cheddar and manchego cheeses, fresh vegetables and fruit, chocolate and also three types of gummy candy especially requested by the 3 channel astronauts — Skittles, Hot Tamales, and Mike and Ike’s.
Periodic distribution operates by Russia, Japan and also NASA’s two personal shippers, Northrop Grumman and SpaceX, typically provide over experiments, gear, clothing and freeze-dried meals. The capsules bring home maintenance packages, in addition to new food to cancel the run-of-the-mill channel grub.
This newest delivery ought to have came well before Valentine’s Day. But last-minute gear concerns in the Wallops Island launching pad stopped last Sunday’s countdown for its Antares rocket, then bad weather transferred. Dangerously large end scuttled Friday’s effort.
This is the organization’s 13th space station delivery for NASA. The Cygnus capsules obtain their name in the Swan Constellation. Lawrence, an Air Force major, has been selected in 1967 within an astronaut for a classified military space program called the Manned Orbiting Laboratory. Morgan was up there since July and the 2 others because September; they will stay on board till April.
Until astronaut starts restart from Florida — maybe by SpaceX this spring — that the station team is going to be restricted in size to 3. NASA astronauts currently launching on Russian rockets from Kazakhstan.
Boeing, NASA’s other business team supplier, is fighting with applications issues in its own astronaut capsule. A December test flight has been marred by coding mistakes.
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