A shipment of food and supplies along with some important items were rocketed toward the International Space Station on Sunday.
The delivery items, which also includes ants, avocados and a human-sized robotic arm, are due to arrive on Monday.
The SpaceX recycled Falcon rocket blasted into space from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. The shipment weighed more than 2,170 kilograms of supplies and experiments, and fresh food like lemons and even ice cream for the space station’s seven astronauts.
According to reports, the Girl Scouts are items like ants, brine shrimp and plants as test subjects, and University of Wisconsin-Madison scientists are flying up seeds from mouse-ear cress, a small flowering weed used in genetic research and samples of concrete, solar cells and other materials.
One Japanese company is sending an experimental robotic arm which will be tested in various situations and perform other work normally done by astronauts. Few tests will be done inside the space station while the future models will be ventured out into the vacuum of space to practice satellite and other repair jobs.