Oven provides chance for space baking — Sure to rise

  • Oven provides chance for space baking — Sure to rise

Oven provides chance for space baking — Sure to rise

United States rocket was launched on Saturday from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia's Eastern Shore, carrying cargo with the space agency's resupply mission for the International Space Station (ISS).

This delivery marks the 12th cargo flight to the ISS by the Northrop Grumman Cygnus spaceship and the first under its current "Commercial Resupply Services 2" contract with NASA, which will support dozens of new and existing scientific investigations, according to the space agency. The oven, which can reach a top temperature of 363.3 C, was created to take advantage of the modular nature of the ISS and will be installed in its own specially-designed locker insert.

When Cygnus, dubbed the S.S. Alan Bean, arrives at the space station on Monday, November 4, Expedition 61 astronauts Jessica Meir and Christina Koch of NASA will use the space station's robotic arm to capture Cygnus, and NASA's Andrew Morgan will monitor telemetry. The dough was provided by Hilton's DoubleTree hotel chain, which hopes that the idea will make long-duration space travel "more hospitable".

The oven is part of an experiment by NASA to determine the impacts of high heat and microgravity have on the shape and consistency of baking freshly-prepared food in space as well as test the "psychological and physiological benefits of eating flavorful cooked meals".

The Cygnus capsule has onboard a variety of other "toys" for the members of the International Space Station to play with, including vehicle parts, and an anti-radiation vest.

Lamborghini has sent on ISS some samples of carbon fiber to examine the effects of space exposure.

The shipment, weighing about 3700kg, is expected to reach the ISS on Tuesday (NZ time).

The launch coincided with the 19th anniversary of the arrival of the first crew to live aboard the International Space Station, Nasa said on its website.

The spacecraft is scheduled to stay at the space station until January.