SpaceX’s Dragon capsule lifted off Sunday night loaded with 1,000 pounds of food, clothes and scientific gear for the crew of International Space Station.
The commercial spacecraft is also carrying a special treat for the astronauts: chocolate-vanilla swirl ice cream.
“We try to bring up what we call ‘bonus food’ for the crew, and this is one of those flights that will have that,” a NASA employee told Robert Z. Pearlman of Discovery News.
To ensure that the ice cream does not melt on the three-day trip to the orbiting outpost, the sundae cups with be stored in a special freezer that also houses some refrigerated science experiments.
The mission is part of a $1.6 billion NASA contract to deliver supplies in 12 unmanned flights.
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