A fresh grocery ship rocketed toward the International Space Station after launching from Virginia's seashore.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) – A fresh grocery ship rocketed to the International Space Station on Wednesday after launching from Virginia's seashore.
Northrop Grumman's Antares rocket blasted off from Wallops Island. The company's Cygnus capsule should arrive at the space station Friday, just in time for Easter.
While there is Easter ham or lamb, NASA said plenty of holiday fixes are going up for the space station's six residents, including smoked turkey, pork chops, asparagus and cobbler. Altogether, more than 800 meals are tucked away
The 7,600-pound (3,450-kilogram) load also included three free-flying robots to be tested as astronaut helpers, 40 black lab mice and 63 tiny student-research satellites. 1
This particular Cygnus is named the S.S. Roger Chaffee after the youngest of the three astronauts who died in the 1967 Apollo 1 spacecraft fire.
Northrop Grumman said it's honoring Chaffee ahead of the 50th anniversary of the first manned moon landing, because he made the ultimate sacrifice without ever reaching space
Another space station delivery should be coming by month's end. NASA's other commercial shipper, SpaceX, is due to launch from Florida on April 26. SpaceX Dragon capsules have been making station deliveries since 2012 and Northrop Grumman's Cygnus capsules since 2013.
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