Russia.- A ship with supplies for the International Space Station take off Saturday from Virginia, second delivery to laboratory orbitals in two days.
Northrop Grumman launches it rocket Antares from Wallops Island before dawn pleases early birdwatchers on the Atlantic coast. A ship from the Russian space agency, also with material, had left for ISS just 15 hours earlier.
US shipments will arrive in the space laboratory on Monday, one day after Russia. Among £ 7,400 running on Cygnus capsules, there is ice cream and fresh fruit for three ISS residents and 3D printers that turn recycled plastic into new parts.
Turkey dishes for Thanksgiving dinner, of course, already at the station, where Americans, Germans and Russians live now.
The laboratory also prepares for other celebrations: on Tuesday it celebrates 20 the day is in orbit.
The first part was launched on November 20, 1998 from Kazakhstan.
The Cygnus capsule is named John Young in honor of the legendary astronaut who stepped on the moon and ordered the shuttle's first flight, which died last January.
This is the first commercial capsule named Northrop Grumman. The company bought Orbital ATK in June. SpaceX is another NASA provider for sending material to ISS.
The ship also conducted an experiment to observe how cement solidified without gravitational pressure, among others. There are also medical equipment, outerwear and other items that will replace non-arrivals last month after failures in Russian rockets where they traveled.
The two astronauts on the Soyuz ship survived the emergency landing. Three other astronauts are scheduled to depart from Kazakhstan on December 3.