Launching a shipment of pizza and cheese into space

The American company, Northrop Grumman, launched a cargo vehicle, by means of a rocket, towards the International Space Station, on Tuesday, with several foods on board, for astronauts far from Earth to enjoy.

According to the Associated Press, the Cygnus spacecraft was launched from Virginia towards the International Space Station, and is expected to arrive there on Thursday.

The spacecraft was loaded with a cargo of 3,700 kilograms, which included soft apples, tomatoes and kiwis, along with pizza and cheese, to be served to 7 astronauts.

The shipment was not limited to these foods, but also carried struts to stabilize the solar wings that will be launched at the orbiting laboratory next year.

The object to be launched simulates moon dust and dirt, so it can be used to create 3D-printed elements for the International Space Station.

The spacecraft also carried what is known as “colloidal mold”, in order to conduct a French educational experiment, called “Bloop”, in addition to an infrared monitoring device, in order to serve as a prototype for monitoring satellites in the future.

This is the 16th time that Northrop Grumman has undertaken a mission for the US space agency (NASA).


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