Ukraine Produced Rocket Lifts Off, Takes Supplies To International Space Station

James Marshall
February 17, 2020

"Northrop Grumman and NASA have rescheduled today's Antares launch attempt for the CRS-13 Cygnus resupply mission due to strong upper level winds", NASA officials said in an update today.

Nearly four tons' worth of payloads are packed inside the cylindrical spacecraft - including fresh fruit, cheddar and manchego cheese, and candy (Skittles, Hot Tamales, and Mike and Ike gummies) for the space station's crew.

Cygnus NG-13 will deliver 7,600 lbs. But last-minute equipment concerns at the Wallops Island launch pad halted last Sunday's countdown for the Antares rocket.

Its next shipment is in March.

Arrival at the space station is set for Tuesday.

Ms Morgan has been up there since July and the two others since September; they'll remain on board until April.

A medium-class rocket jointly developed by USA and Ukrainian specialists successfully launched from a NASA flight facility in Virginia on February 15, carrying almost four tons of supplies, hardware, and science payloads to the International Space Station (ISS).

NASA astronauts now launch on Russian rockets from Kazakhstan. Packed among those supplies are some tasty morsels for the astronauts, including three kinds of hard cheese (by special request), as well as Lindt chocolates (chili chocolate and sea salt flavor) and other candy just in time for Valentine's Day weekend.

Boeing, NASA's other commercial crew provider, is struggling with software problems in its astronaut capsule. A December examination trip was tainted by coding mistakes.

The Cygnus capsules get their name from the Swan Constellation. He was killed in a 1967 jet crash during his training mission for space.

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