You won't believe what Elon Musk-led SpaceX flight delivered to Nasa's woman astronaut on ISS
Elon Musk led Spacex rocket had shot off towards the International Space Station carrying something special for this woman Nasa astronaut - birthday goodie! “No one's ever sent me a spaceship for my birthday before. I appreciate it,” she radioed.
A space station astronaut is celebrating her 50th birthday with the coolest present ever — a supply ship bearing ice cream and other treats.
SpaceX's latest cargo delivery showed up Monday at the International Space Station after a day in transit. Overseeing the automated docking was NASA astronaut Megan McArthur.
”No one's ever sent me a spaceship for my birthday before. I appreciate it,” she radioed after the capsule arrived.
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Launched Sunday from NASA's Kennedy Space Center, the capsule contains lemons, cherry tomatoes, avocados and ice cream for McArthur and her six crewmates, along with a couple tons of research and other gear.
The shipment arrived just a few days ahead of the first of three spacewalks.
Starting Friday, the two Russians on board will perform back-to-back spacewalks to outfit a new laboratory that arrived in July.
Then a Japanese-French spacewalking duo will venture out Sept. 12 to install a bracket for new solar panels due to arrive next year. That NASA-directed spacewalk should have occurred last week, but was postponed after U.S. spacewalker, Mark Vande Hei, suffered a pinched nerve in his neck. Station managers opted to replace him with French astronaut Thomas Pesquet.
Meanwhile, Reuters reports that Tesla Inc's top boss Elon Musk has said that 2021 has been the year of "super crazy supply chain shortages" and pointed to potential delays in shipments.
"2021 has been the year of super crazy supply chain shortages, so it wouldn't matter if we had 17 new products, as none would ship," Musk tweeted.
"Assuming 2022 is not mega drama, new Roadster should ship in 2023."
The Roadster was originally to be launched in 2020.
A prolonged global chip shortage has caught major automakers, including Ford Motor, Honda Motor, General Motors and Volkswagen, off guard, forcing many to idle or curtail production.
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