New Delhi, Nov 15: A commercial supply ship arrived at the International Space Station (ISS) on Tuesday, carrying all sorts of goodies for the six astronauts in space, two days after launching from Virginia. Reportedly, the Orbital ATK also delivered a delicious haul of make-your-own flatbread pizzas and chocolate and vanilla ice creams.
Apart from flatbread, the ATK capsule also reportedly contained all the ingredients of a good ‘Earth-style’ pizza, including sauce, cheese, pepperoni, anchovy paste, tomatoes, pesto, olive oil among other ingredients.
This delivery came as a relief for Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli, who used the space station’s robot arm to grab the cargo ship. Reportedly, he has been in space since July and has another month before he returns home.
Reports claimed that to treat that astronauts’ desire, the shipment also held ice cream cups, ice cream sandwiches, ice cream bars and frozen fruit bars. Associated Press reported that in all, the capsule contains nearly 4 tons of cargo. It is named the S.S Gene Cernan in honour of the last man to walk on the moon, who died in January.
The experiments include mealworms and micro clover which are sent up by high school students.
The supply ship will reportedly remain at the space station until the beginning of December when it’s cut loose with a load of trash following which, it will hover close to the orbiting lab as part of an experiment. Later several mini-satellites will be released and it will be destroyed in the atmosphere on re-entry.