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Private cargo ship brings Easter party to the space station



CAPE CANAVERAL, FL (AP) – A private cargo ship brought the equipment of an Easter to the International Space Station on Friday together with mice and small flying robots.

Astronaut of the Space Station Anne McClain used a robot to capture Northrop Grumman's Cygnus capsule as they towered 408 miles (415 kilometers) over France.

The Cygnus and its 3,450 kilogram shipment stormed from Wallops Island, Virginia, on a fast day and a half journey on Wednesday. It contains numerous scientific experiments, including 40 mice participating in a tetanus vaccine trial, and three box-shaped, free-flying robots intended to assist astronauts inside and out.

NASA also packed more than 800 meals for the six ward residents. Her holiday options include pork chops with sauce, smoked turkey, gratinated potatoes, lemon meringue pudding and apricot cobblers.

Northrop Grumman called this Cygnus the SS Roger Chaffee after the youngest of the three astronauts who died in the spacecraft Apollo 1

in 1967. Chaffee was the only one in the crew who had never made it into space.

"It's great to officially have the SS Roger Chaffee on board," McClain shouted. "We never forget that we are standing on the shoulders of giants. Please note that each day we remember his victim and that we will continue honoring his heritage by pursuing his passion for exploration. To S. S. Roger Chaffee, welcome aboard.

Two hours after her arrival, the capsule was anchored on the space station by air traffic controllers working from Houston. The Cygnus remains there until July, then he is released for a few months solo orbit in a test by Northrop Grumman with garbage. It ultimately becomes a fiery reentry.

In addition to McClain, two Americans still live on the space station, two Russians and one Canadian. In just over a week, they will receive another shipment from NASA's other commercial supplier, SpaceX.

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The Associated Press's Department of Health and Science is supported by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute's Department of Scientific Education. The AP is solely responsible for all content.


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