Sports Car Parts, Cookie Oven Sent to International Space Station

Cygnus Cargo Spaceship Launches to ISS - Video

Cygnus Cargo Spaceship Launches to ISS - Video

Northrop Grumman launched their Antares rocket from this pad 0a at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on the Virginia coast this morning. The NG-12 is expected to rendezvous with the ISS on Monday.

"Good launch all the way around, " a ground controller observed.

ISS astronauts will test safety vests Italian vehicle manufacturer Lamborghini has sent carbon fiber samples for sports cars to study the effects of direct space exposure. The cargo includes supplies for more than 30 experiments - live rats, a Zero-G oven to bake cookies, a protective vest for use during solar events, and a magnetic spectrometer to search for dark matter and anti-matter.

Expedition 61 astronauts Jessica Meir and Christina Koch of NASA will use the space station's robotic arm to capture Cygnus, and NASA's Andrew Morgan will monitor telemetry. This will be Northrop Grumman's 12th commercial resupply mission for the space station.

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Italy's Lamborghini is also along for the ride. Cygnus will have to deliver about 3.7 tons of cargo to the ISS, including food, as well as equipment and materials for scientific research.

Samuel Ting, a Chinese-born American scientist who headed a 600-member multinational team that developed the AMS project, said at Friday's press conference that the AMS will continue to collect and analyze data for the lifetime of the space station, as new and exciting discoveries can be expected whenever a precision instrument such as the AMS is used to explore the unknown. These minuscule implants release therapeutic drugs to treat cancer, hormone deficiencies and other illnesses. The SM is integrated and tested at Northrop Grumman's Dulles, Virginia satellite manufacturing facility. Named for the swan constellation, the Cygnus launched last spring is flying free of the 400-kilometer-high space station, after completing its grocery run. It will be directed to a fiery re-entry sometime in the near future, taking station trash down with it, according to company officials. He died past year.

A cargo craft containing the specially-designed "space oven" and baking ingredients took off from the USA state of Virginia on Saturday. It will then remain at the space station until January 13, 2020, NASA said. This is Northrop Grumman's 12th successful Cygnus flight since 2013.

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