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SpaceX delivers ice cream, mice and robot to the International Space Station

People might think Elon Musk is a bit out there, but his companies are doing genuinely good work that makes for great conversations. And while Tesla is making for great news with four wheels firmly pl

  • Published: July 3, 2018 10:16 AM IST
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People might think Elon Musk is a bit out there, but his companies are doing genuinely good work that makes for great conversations. And while Tesla is making for great news with four wheels firmly planted on the ground, Musk’s second big company SpaceX is doing some impressive work a few hundred kilometers off the ground. SpaceX recently made a delivery to the International Space Station (ISS), which orbits the earth at 408km above the surface.

While the ISS needs to be constantly resupplied with both astronauts and the supplies those astronauts need to survive up in space, SpaceX’s latest delivery is more accurately in the name of science, but also has a strong focus on ice cream. A SpaceX capsule recently made a delivery of ice cream, genetically identical mice, coffee and an AI robot called Cimon, according to a report by Geek.com.

The capsule was launched at Cape Canaveral in Florida, and was picked up by astronaut Ricky Arnold. While the mice and the robot are obviously meant for the continuous furtherance of science, the ice cream and coffee are obviously for consumption, because astronauts too have cravings. The capsule reached the space station in just about three days, which is fairly impressive considering the distance to be covered practically vertically, as well as the fact that the ISS orbits around the earth at the speed of 7.66km/s. Yes, that’s over seven kilometers per second.

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The ISS currently has a crew of six on board, and remains the most expensive man-made object ever made. SpaceX was founded by Elon Musk in 2002, and is one of the leading private aerospace and space transportation enterprises in the world. The company plans to launch its first manned spacecraft in January 2019.

  • Published Date: July 3, 2018 10:16 AM IST