Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

SpaceX Launches Experiments, Ice Cream to Space Station

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

SpaceX Launches Experiments, Ice Cream to Space Station

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. * A SpaceX capsule rocketed to the International Space Station on Monday, carrying tons of science research, plus ice cream.

As has become customary on these cargo flights, SpaceX landed its leftover booster back at Cape Canaveral shortly after liftoff, a key to its long-term effort to recycle rockets and reduce costs.

"Gorgeous day, spectacular launch," said Dan Hartman, NASA's deputy manager of the space station program.

Experiments make up most of the 6,400 pounds of cargo, which should reach the orbiting lab Wednesday. That includes 20 mice that will return alive inside the SpaceX Dragon capsule in about a month.

The Dragon is also doubling as an ice cream truck this time.

There was extra freezer space, so NASA packed little cups of vanilla, chocolate and birthday cake ice cream, as well as ice cream candy bars. …

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