Thousands of tiny sea creatures along with a plague-fighting toothpaste experiment and some powerful solar panels were launched to the international space station by Space X yesterday.
The shipment also includes fresh lemons, onions, avocados and cherry tomatoes for the seven astronauts on the station. The entire shipment weights around 3,300 kilogram (7,300 pounds) and is expected to reach the station by Saturday.
The Space X rocket, Falcon, took a lift off from the Kennedy Space Centre in the afternoon yesterday while its first stage booster was new for a change which landed on an offshore platform several minutes post liftoff in order to get recycled for NASA’s astronaut flight.
A set of three high-tech solar panels are being delivered by the brand new Dragon cargo capsule. The solar panels are designed to bolster the space station’s aging power grid. In order to install two roll out panels alongside solar wings that have been in the continuous operation for 20 years, astronauts will be conducting two space walks later in the month.
With a motive of keeping the astronaut’s teeth and gums healthy in space, the cargo has been equipped with samples of saliva and oral bacteria from dental patients which will be in turn treated by the toothpaste and mouthwash in an experiment aimed for the mentioned motive.
In a statement researcher Jeffrey Ebersole of the University of Nevada Las Vegas said that there is no guarantee that Earth methods will work in zero gravity. While Joel Montalbano, NASA’s space station program manager said on Wednesday about the requirement of more power for the accommodation of growing number of ticket buying visitors.