Space station supplies launched with a pizza delivery for 7

Space station supplies launched with a pizza delivery for 7

Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus cargo ship rocketed away from Virginia’s eastern shore Tuesday. It should reach the International Space Station on Thursday. This is the company’s 16th supply run to the ISS, and it answers a burning question for many of us: do astronauts still have to eat freeze dried space food?

Apparently, no! We’ve been lied to.

The 8,200-pound (3,700-kilogram) shipment includes fresh apples, tomatoes and kiwi, along with a pizza kit and cheese smorgasbord for the seven station astronauts. Also flying: a mounting bracket for new solar wings launching to the orbiting lab next year, a material simulating moon dust and dirt that will be used to create items from the space station’s 3D printer, slime mold for a French educational experiment called Blob and an infrared-detecting device meant as a prototype for future tracking satellites. 

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