Radish seeds, meats and cheeses launched to space station

CAPE CANAVERAL, F.A. (AP) — Friday, a freight space station holds a 360-degree spacewalking monitor, rising radishes and a snorkel with delicious meats and cheeses.

At the International Space Station from the coast of Virginia, Northrop Grumman launched a spacecraft to send observers from the Carolinas to New England, at least in clear skies, a night treat.

"The launch was a spectacular one," said Kenny Todd, NASA Program Manager for Space Stations.

"For many minutes, making the artificial dawn is just marvelous."

The shipment is scheduled to reach the space station Monday for 8,000 Pounds (3,600 Kilograms).

Stashed on board of the Cygnus capsule: air tanks that are pressurized to counterbalance the vexing leak in the space station, a modern $23 million titanium bathroom appropriate for ladies, the VR camera for movies and other outdoor screenings.

More than normal, there is more fresh produce, as on 31 Oct. SpaceX 's 2nd astronaut will increase the community from six to seven.

Among the specialities requested for the intent of Thanksgiving by astronauts: proscuitto, genoa salami, roasted Gouda and Provolone, brie, cherry tomatoes, bananas, pacanes and chocolate-covered hemp.

Astronauts would still have the ability to enjoy their own crop.

In a month, researchers expect 40 seed radishes to grow from the plants.

Though growing orbital radis can seem trivial, "it's indeed a transformation from basic plant biology to development," that could serve moon and Mars explorers, says Karl Hasenstein, Professor of Biology at Lafayette 's University of Louisiana.

In a few years, bigger vegetables, such as peppers and onions, may be introduced to the diet of astronauts.

In the meantime, the latest NASA toilet on the orbital outpost is checked until the astronauts accompany the moon in a few years.

It is already joining two larger, ancient Russian-built pieces.

The new one is meant to serve better women, whose participation in spatial exploration is projected to increase.

Indeed, the SS Kalpana Chawla, this unique pod, is named after the first woman in space born in India.

In the 2003 shuttle Columbia crash, Chawla was among the seven astronauts killed.

A little late is the arrival.

The bad weather on Wallops Island contributed to a pause of two days before Thursday, during which software glitches compelled the Northrop Grumman rocket to start in last minute.

On Friday night, only a mere half hour later, NASA's other SpaceX shipper attempted to launch a new U.S. GPS satellite at Cape Canaveral , Florida.

Gravity Power. Gravity Power.

But at two seconds the countdown was reversed.

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