Northrop Grumman’s latestdelivery includes for seven.
The company’srocketed away from eastern shore Tuesday. It should reach the International Space Station on Thursday.
Theincludes fresh apples, tomatoes and kiwi, along with a pizza kit and cheese smorgasbord for the seven station astronauts.
Also flying: a mounting bracket for newlaunching to the orbiting lab next year, a material simulating dust and dirt that will be used to create items from the space station’s 3D printer, slime mold for a educational experiment called Blob and an infrared-detecting device meant as a prototype for future tracking satellites.
It is Northrop Grumman’s 16th supply run forand its biggest load yet. The company’s Antares rocket hoisted the capsule from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility.
“Aloha to the S.S. Ellison Onizuka,” Northrop Grumman said via Launch Control minutes before liftoff. The capsule was named forOnizuka, the first Asian American in space who died in the 1986 Challenger launch disaster.
NASA’s other shipper, SpaceX, will follow with a cargo run in a few weeks.
The space station is currently home to three Americans, two, one French and one .