Rocket despatched up from Wallops Island Va., carrying science gear and different cargo, together with ice cream and pizza for the worldwide house station. (NASA picture) (NASA picture)
An ice cream truck was launched into house Sunday morning from Virginia. That could also be a barely distorted description of the resupply craft for the worldwide house station that was launched from the NASA facility on Wallops Island.
But, one of many astronauts on board the station did put up a Tweet that mentioned partially, “Pizza and ice cream on the way!”
Astronaut Joseph M. Acaba mentioned these on the station had been “Eagerly awaiting the arrival” of the Cygnus cargo automobile.
In addition to the treats, the resupply craft, he mentioned, was “packed full” of scientific gear and provides.
Orbital ATK, the Dulles primarily based firm that has a contract to provision the house station, mentioned Sunday that the Cygnus provide craft was “in great shape” and that “everything is performing” correctly.
Orbital mentioned Sunday that it “ successfully launched its AntaresTM rocket carrying a CygnusTM spacecraft” at 7:19 a.m. Sunday from the Wallops facility.
After a 9 minute ascent, Orbital mentioned, the Cygnus “was successfully deployed into orbit.”It carried about 7,400 kilos of cargo for the six member crew of the house station.
According to plans, Cygnus is to latch on to the station or “be grappled” Tuesday at about four:50 a.m. Orbital mentioned.
After remaining connected for about three weeks, it’ll then division, with greater than two tons of disposable cargo, the corporate mentioned.
Under one contract between Orbital and NASA, the corporate is to ship about 66,000 kilos of cargo to the station.
The Wallops facility is on the Atlantic Ocean, on Virginia’s jap shore.
On Saturday, the launch was scrubbed when a small airplane strayed close to the ability. It was not clear whether or not anybody within the airplane was conscious of blocking the supply into house of pizza and ice cream.
Nor was it instantly recognized what flavors of ice cream had been aboard the provision automobile, or what toppings had been on the pizza.