A spacecraft launched last week by NASA's Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia landed on special time at the International Space Station on time for the Easter weekend.
"Astronauts on the International Space Station ISS Successful The Cygnus probe Cygnus of Northrop Grumman Corp. grabbed the station's robotic arm and was loaded with 3.447 kilograms of cargo just in time for Easter, "space.com said Friday.
"The probe is very healthy very well," said Frank DeMauro, vice president and general space systems manager at Northrop Grumman, at a press conference following the launch on April 17.
DeMauro said they were not Easter eggs or sweets Vacation days were provided, including shrimp cocktail, turkey, and various desserts astronauts can enjoy on holiday weekends.
The space.com website reports that the cargo also contains 40 live mice:
The Cygnus mice on board Cygnus are at the heart of such a trial to test the efficacy of an anti-tetanus vaccine, dividing rodents into two groups of 20, half receiving the vaccine in space and the other 20 receiving the vaccine Scientists will examine the mice to see how the animals react to the vaccine once they are back on Earth
According to NASA, the Cygnus probe carried 2,065 pounds of crew material, 3,459 pounds of scientific research, 53 pounds (equipment) of space walks, 1,384 pounds of vehicle hardware, 10 pounds of computer resources, and 77 pounds of Northrop Grumman hardware.
The NASA website, detailing the operation, highlighted the two astronauts responsible for it: the American Anne McClain and David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency.