I am pretty sure that it did not make the “15 minutes or less or it’s free” guarantee, but a pizza has been delivered to the International Space Station!
According to reporting by the Associated Press, Northrop Grumman’s latest space station delivery includes pizza for seven! The company’s Cygnus cargo ship rocketed away from Virginia’s eastern shore earlier last week, arriving at the International Space Station on Thursday, Aug. 26.
The 8,200-pound supply shipment includes fresh apples, tomatoes, and kiwi, along with a pizza kit and cheese smorgasbord for the seven station astronauts. Also, among the cargo manifest, a mounting bracket for new solar wings launching to the orbiting lab next year, a material simulating moon dust and dirt that will be used to create items from the space station’s 3D printer, slime mold for a French 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 for NASA and 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 for Hawaii’s Onizuka, 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 Russians, one French, and one Japanese.