SpaceX Cargo Ship Carries A Terrific Surprise For Astronaut Crew


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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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