The Northrop Grumman Antares rocket, with Cygnus resupply spacecraft onboard, launching from Nasa's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, 2 NovemberPicture copyright
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The cargo is being transported on the Northrop Grumman Antares rocket

An oven has been launched to the Worldwide Area Station (ISS) for astronauts to bake chocolate chip cookies in.

A cargo craft containing the specially-designed “area oven” and baking substances took off from the US state of Virginia on Saturday.

Astronauts are set to check what affect excessive warmth and 0 gravity have on the form and consistency of the cookies.

The experiment is being dubbed the primary occasion of baking in area.

Hilton’s DoubleTree resort chain, which supplied the dough, mentioned the “landmark microgravity experiment” was aimed toward making long-duration area journey “extra hospitable”.

The Cygnus capsule was additionally loaded with different uncommon tools, together with sports activities automobile elements and a vest to guard in opposition to radiation.

ISS astronauts will take a look at the protection vest to gauge its consolation, whereas Italian carmaker Lamborghini has despatched up samples of carbon fibre utilized in its sports activities automobiles to look at the results of direct area publicity.

The capsule additionally comprises the tools wanted to finish a collection of spacewalks this month to repair a key particle physics detector, in addition to a spread of analysis tools and crew provides.

The cargo, weighing about eight,200lb (three,700kg), is predicted to succeed in the ISS on Monday.

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