SpaceX’s cargo mission for NASA gives birthday present to ISS astronaut – here’s what she got
SpaceX’s cargo mission for NASA resupply delivered a birthday present to an astronaut on the ISS, or the International Space Station, who was celebrating his 50th special day.
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CAP CANAVERAL, FL – APRIL 23: In it from NASA, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the company’s Crew Dragon spacecraft is launched during NASA’s SpaceX Crew-2 mission to the International Space Station with astronauts NASA Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur, ESA (European Space Agency Astronaut) Thomas Pesquet and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) Astronaut Akihiko Hoshide on board, Friday April 23, 2021, at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
Elon Musk’s latest SpaceX cargo resupply mission for NASA, or National Aeronautics and Space Administration, arrived at the ISS on August 30, after a day since launching from the Kennedy Space Center at Launch Complex 39A August 29.
According to FirstPost, SpaceX’s 23rd Commercial Resupply Services carried a total of 2,710 kilograms or 4,800 pounds of space crew supplies.
Not to mention that it also included hardware for the spacecraft, as well as tons of science experiments.
SpaceX Cargo Mission Delivers Birthday Present
SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft has already docked with the Space Station and will remain there for an entire month.
Two NASA astronauts, Megan McArthur and Shane Kimbrough, welcomed the arrival of the capsule in the ISS.
According to KMBC News, one of NASA’s astronauts, McArthur, coincidentally celebrated his 50th birthday while overseeing the arrival of the SpaceX cargo mission to the ISS. And to her surprise, the capsule she was monitoring contained a special gift for her special day.
To be precise, the expedition delivered an ice cream as a gift to McArthur.
The birthday NASA astronaut continued over the radio after the SpaceX capsule arrived: “No one has ever sent me a spaceship for my birthday before. I appreciate it.”
In addition to ice cream for McArthur, the SpaceX cargo mission also included other food items, such as lemons, avocados, and cherry tomatoes for the other six teammates.
It’s worth noting, however, that Northrop Grumman’s previous cargo mission also delivered a lavish pizza kit that was good for seven astronauts. In addition, other products like apples, tomatoes and kiwis also came.
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SpaceX cargo mission deliveries
Of course, science experiments are featured again in this SpaceX cargo mission delivery, similar to Northrop Grumman’s mission on August 10.
One of the scientific studies that reached the Space Station involved retinal diagnostic equipment that tests the reaction of various materials in space.
In addition, the Girl Scouts also sent plants, ants, and brine shrimp that would be used as test subjects in the space experiments.
Meanwhile, researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison also brought in seeds of flowering weeds and mouse-eared watercress for genetic research.
Besides the research equipment, a Japanese start-up has also sent a robotic arm that will attempt to perform mundane tasks for the space crew. It will still be tested in the space station.
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