SpaceX just sent ice cream, candy and pies to the ISS

SpaceX has just sent a new and unprecedented cargo to the International Space Station over the weekend. The payload included several science experiments, dwarf tomato seeds, new solar panels and a set of goodies to boost the morale of the troops, most of whom are celebrating Thanksgiving.

A Falcon 9 rocket © SpaceX

SpaceX just shipped a new shipment of supplies to the International Space Station this weekend. The mission lifted off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Saturday. The original start date was Tuesday.

Payload included new solar panels to the space station, dwarf tomato seeds and a row scientific experiments. That was there too treats for astronauts on the space station, ice cream and Thanksgiving dishes, spicy green beansof cranberry dessertsa pumpkin pie and candy corn. Last year, SpaceX sent a cargo of ants and avocados to the ISS.

A Thanksgiving shipment and dozens of science experiments

The solar panels will be installed outside the floating laboratory during the spacewalks scheduled for November 29 and December 3. The shipment also includes a variety of health-related items, such as the Moon Microscope Kit. The portable microscope will allow astronauts to collect and send images of blood samples to surgeons on Earth for diagnosis and treatment.

Nutrients are an important part of maintaining good health in space. But fresh produce is in short supply on the space station compared to the prepackaged meals astronauts eat during their six-month stay in low Earth orbit. Tomato seeds have therefore also been sent: they must be grown under two different light treatments. During taste tests (which will take place over the next hundred days), the crew will assess the taste, aroma, juiciness and texture of the grown tomatoes.

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Studies will track astronauts’ moods as they care for and interact with plants to see how feeding the seedlings improves the crew’s experience in space station isolation.

SpaceX has launched more than two dozen resupply missions to the space station over the past decade as part of a multi-billion dollar deal with NASA. The launch comes amid SpaceX’s busiest year yet, with more than 50 operations in 2022, including two astronaut missions.

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